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Me at age 3 or 4. That's the crazed look I get when I see an Oreo. Some things never change. I also still love a good floral pattern.
Marcus Stevens (with Josh Young)
Believe it or not, in high school, Josh Young thought he was a character guy, and I thought I was a leading man. When our music teacher decided to do City of Angels our senior year, he wanted Josh to play the smoldering detective, Stone, and me to play the nebbishy writer, Stine. We thought he got it all wrong and had the gall to tell him so. He let us have the roles we wanted and there I was, trying to look suave next to Josh, who put a pencil in his ear in order to look nerdy. Now Josh is a Broadway leading man, and I'm a Forbidden Broadway character guy. Somewhere in Wallingford, a high school music teacher named Mr. Shankweiler is saying, "I told you so."
#tbt to my first starring role as Mowgli in The Jungle Book #peakingearly #pointedfeet #givingface
Have you heard about Hugo and Kim?
2007 Stagecrafter's Teen Academy's production of Urinetown. Me as Lockstock, pictured with Barrell (Andy Collopy) and McQueen (Corey Cott). Not pictured is one Bobby Strong (Ben Fankhauser) and some of our best (and very talented) friends. We all were listening to the OBC of Spring Awakening and fantasizing about living in New York City. HOWEVER, we got some hate email from a conservative "arts professional" in the area on an email list server for performing arts in Northeast Ohio.
"Bev" said, "I cannot picture school-age students singing 'A Privilege To Pee' and parents being delighted. There is so much other material out there to choose from...why do it?…I am not opposed to pushing the envelope: I produced Chicago back in the 80s…there are other things out there that are just as good. Kids get the crude and graphic everyday from television and movies, does it have to be in our schools, too?"
17-year-old Max responded personally — "I'm particularly offended that you feel as though the material in Urinetown would be unacceptable…maybe the sex, murder, smoking and perjury in Chicago are actually appropriate for a high school show, but I actually prefer that I'm auditioning for the hilarious production of Urinetown at Stagecrafters."
The show went on! It was a good one.
We were so lucky to have access to that kind of theatre education in Ohio.
A Chorus Line - Grand Rapids Michigan 2006. I had a teacher in high school tell me, "Joe, if you want to do musical theatre you have you to learn how to dance." Well, needless to say it wasn't pretty, but I tried REALLY hard. In 2006 they renovated the Civic Theatre in downtown Grand Rapids, and Marvin Hamlisch came to do a gala the week before we opened. He came and played "The Overture That Never Was," and we performed "At the Ballet" with him at the piano. It was during that show I decided I wanted to be an actor. I had to quit some sports to do the show, and I knew that was hard on my dad because sports were always our thing. I found out later he was so proud of the show he would come to the theatre on random nights of the week to watch, then go straight home and not tell me. He didn't want to make me nervous.
Andrew is simultaneously throwing it back and fast forwarding with his magical make up skillz.
Here's a shot of me in my first musical, The Music Man. I was probably 10 years old. I played a town troublemaker, and eventual proud member of the River City Boys' Band! I went on to play Harold Hill in high school, which was a dream come true. I could have quit acting after that and been happy about it all...kinda glad I didn't though.
Very few people have ever seen me, as I see myself. Our dog taught me so much about timing and inhabiting a character. He was a Lhaso Apso, but you'd never guess it from the photo.
My senior year of high school, I got to play Dorothy in the Tony Award-winning Minneapolis Children's Theatre Company's production of The Wizard of Oz. It still remains one of my favorite roles with some of my fondest memories! I had such a magical time with these characters in Oz.