Plays Thenardier in Les Misérables
Don originally from Vandalia, Ohio now lives in Derry New Hampshire. Don Auditioned for Les Misérables because Thenardier was on his bucket list of Character Roles he always wanted to play! What was Don’s reaction when he was cast as Thenardier? “Amazement” Don enjoys theatre he feels it is “A release of creativity through collaboration and experimentation that can’t be matched anywhere else.”
Don has performed with Actorsingers in the past in Guys and Dolls, and Sound of Music. He also was in Titanic and Pirates of Penzance with Stagecoach, 1776 with MaMu Productions and Bedford Off Broadway as well as in Weird Romance with Not Your Mom’s Musical Theater.
Don sees his character Thenardier as a “survivor, doing what he has to. After all the best way to play a bad guy is to play them as heroes... of their story.” What is the most challenging part of bringing his role to life? “I play a bad guy. But he also has to be funny. Figuring out how to take a guy who does terrible things and make the audience love him for it.... that’s fun.”
What was Don’s earliest theatre memory? “High school auditions. Funny, audition anxiety hasn't changed much!”
Don is a freelance illustrator and his work can be seen at: www.artwanted.com/dkhiggins
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 5:00:00 PM