Current Project: Playing Daddy Cane in Bright Star at Hale Centre Theatre
I’ve been able to play some amazing roles in my career. In the last couple of years alone I’ve played Dom Claude Frollo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the bounder Elton in The Scarlet Pimpernel, the Ghost of Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol, Gomez Addams in The Addams Family, and now I’m so thrilled to be able to play Daddy Cane in Bright Star at Hale Centre Theatre.
Bright Star is a beautiful show created by the legendary Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. It tells the story of Alice Murphy at two key points in her life – as a teenager in the 1920’s, and then as a grown woman in the 1940’s, all set against the backdrop of life in North Carolina.
I play a self-proclaimed “hillbilly” who loses his wife shortly before his son comes home from World War II. He’s a good man and a loving father that has done his best to take care of his son and prepare him for the world.
I love playing parts like this. To be truthful, an actor has to find the parts of himself/herself that are present in the character and then fill in the gaps with creativity and passion. As Daddy Cane, I’m able to draw on my own experiences raising two sons, and the joy I feel at watching them become fine men. Plus, I get to grow my beard and wear flannel shirts and overalls!
This show runs through May 2nd, and I perform on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday nights at 7:30, and Saturdays at the 12:30 matinee. For tickets, you can call the Hale box office at 801-984-9000, or just click here.