“SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN’
IN THE SPOTLIGHT SERIES
APPEARING AS R.F. SIMPSON, PRODUCER OF MONUMENTAL STUDIOS
We are pleased to present Nashua native, Don Smith-Weiss in our In the Spotlight Series!
When asked “Why did you audition for this show?” Don replied he was looking to do another show and someone suggested he’d be good in the part of the movie producer (they were absolutely right!) Don has connected with his character by recalling people he has worked for who are in-charge and pushy, so he used that to develop his character.
Don says one of the many personal challenges he has faced for this show was deciding to shave off his goatee and reduce his moustache to a 1930’s-style pencil moustache. He hasn’t shaved his moustache in about 40 years…What some folks won’t do for their art!!
Don says he got his earliest inspiration to perform when he appeared in his second-grade production of “Chicken Little,” and felt he could have done a better job playing some of the lead roles than the kids who got them! He also auditioned for a play when he was in high school.
His favorite thing about being involved in community theatre is the collaboration. “You work with the other actors to make everyone’s performance better, and sets, costumes, props, lighting – all the technical parts - are coordinated to enhance the actors’ work.”
When Don isn’t doing theatre, he is a kitchen designer and also enjoys gardening, playing several instruments, writing songs, and performing in public on occasion.
When asked what Don gets from theatre that you don’t get from anything else you do…Don replied, "It's the collaborative experience. The camaraderie that comes from shaping a production with other like-minded people is incredible! If you love what you’re doing, the audience will see it and feel it. Talk about sharing joy!”
Photo credit: Isaac Mishkit
Enjoy SINGIN' IN THE RAIN May 12 - 14, 2017 ! Tickets available here !