I believe that having an avocation allows you to recharge your creative and emotional battery and allows your to enjoy life that much more.
I started out performing at the age of 10 doing children’s theater and community theater in Mobile, Al. In Memphis, I did college, community and professional theater. I tried to figure it out and I think I did something like 20 plays in 6 years. I did roles in musicals like: a Roustabout in “Carnival”, The Jester in “Once Upon A Mattress”, Mr. Tuminus in “The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe” and Motel, the tailor, in “Fiddler on the Roof.” I also did my fair share of straight plays portraying characters like the balladeer in “Brecht on Brecht”, Jim, the gentleman caller, in “Glass Menagerie”, Guildenstern in “Hamlet, and The Commissioner of Weights and Measures in “The Enchanted.” My favorite roles were in musicals though – Usher/Chico in “A Day In Hollywood / A Night In the Ukraine” and Seymour in “Little Shop of Horrors.” There are more pictures of some of these shows in the Photo Gallery.
Today, my avocation has taken me into a totally different area cabaret. At first glance it would seem very similar to doing plays but it really isn’t. In theater you create a character based on a structure created by the playwright. In cabaret it's pretty much you, a mike, a piano and ,hopefully, a lavender spotlight. Though in cabaret you have a Director and a Musical Director to help you shape the piece at the end of the day the audience is there to see you perform songs and tell stories about your own experiences. The show might be about a certain time period, composer or theme but what is important is what your experience is with those things. This makes doing cabaret exciting, exhilarating, extremely scary but I love it.
Each show is listed and their section of the site includes a description of the show including photos, audio and video clips. I have also included a promo of my new show. If you’re interested in what it takes to put together a show check out my blog. Also, leave me a note in the guestbook if your interested in getting info on my next show.