The Actorsingers

Presenting Community Theatre since 1955

Moose in Crazy For You

Glen Grimard is in our Spotlight today.  He will be appearing as Moose one of the Cowboy Trio in our production of CRAZY FOR YOU. In his words.....

I auditioned for this show because I am a long-time friend of the first time director and I wanted to do my part to ensure her success.  I went to see a high school production of the show in 2012, when my nephew appeared as a "cowboy" and I was re-introduced to the songs and the book of the show.   The book of this musical is smartly written comedic dialogue.  The classic tuneful songs that are dropped in amongst the scenes are just an added bonus.   I was in the cast of the original Actorsingers production back in 1996.  I wanted to be in the current production because I have improved my stagecraft skills since then and I wanted the opportunity to make my part of this musical better than it was in 1996.  

I’m proud to boast that in May of this year, I mark my 20th anniversary of becoming a member of Actorsingers.  My involvement with the group actually started with the auditions for “Into the Woods” in September 1994.  I wanted to be in that production so badly, but I must have really stunk because I remember the audition form offered the “auditionee” the opportunity of being a tree in the production.  I checked off every box on that audition form, but I didn’t get cast.  I wasn’t even good enough to be a tree!  [I’m glad Barbara Walters is not supplying the questions for this interview – I wouldn’t know what to say if she asked “What kind of tree are you?”]   But I was cast in the very next show that I auditioned for – “They’re Playing Our Song” – and even though I was forced to leave that production due to a physical injury, I’ve been fully invested in the organization ever since.

I have performed with other groups in the area such as Music & Drama, New Thalian Players, Nashua Theatre Guild, Majestic Theatre Trust, Stage One, Colonial Chorus, Burlington Players and StageCoach Productions but I’ve always identified mostly as being a member of Actorsingers.

I was relieved when I found out I was cast.  It’s always a tough interval of time to live through when you’re waiting for the cast list to be revealed.  And then when I saw the name of the character I would be playing, I laughed and suddenly became impatient to get started rehearsing!

I play Moose and this is the same character I played in 1996.  When I found out that I would be playing Moose again, I pulled out a photograph I have, which was taken while I was in costume and on stage in the 1996 production.  I began thinking about the way my acting has matured since 1996 and how that would make Moose in 2015 different.  It’s actually easier bringing the role to life at age 47 than at age 28, because of all that I’ve learned and practiced in the realm of acting since then.  Looking at the picture from 1996, I knew I wanted the character to wear a similar costume and I started growing my facial hair to match.  I watched Actorsingers’ archival footage from the 1996 production and I noted the pitch of the voice I used and that helped me step back into the role.  Moose in 2015 is a lot different from the man he was in 1996 and I’m lucky that I get to show those changes in this production.

My earliest theater memory is performing in a talent show at a campground in Sebago, ME.  I was 11 and I got up on stage and sang “Babe” by Styx, unaccompanied.  I remember singing the song to the musical accompaniment playing in my head – but there’s like a 15 second instrumental part in the middle of the song and when I stopped singing, the audience started clapping.  But it wasn’t the end of the song.  Why didn’t they know that I wasn’t done singing? [I can laugh about it now – but it was so disappointing then.]

I work in a call center in Tewksbury, MA and I’m responsible for providing professional responses to incoming customer email inquiries.  When I’m not working or working on a show, I like being audience to theater performances.  I like to camp and hike.  I like watching TV and writing letters for snail mail correspondence with friends. And I like playing games with friends.

I get a lot from theater. 

Friendship. 

Acceptance.

Fellowship.

Approval. 

Creativity

Challenge

Commitment

Confidence

And no one gives {{{hugs}}} better than show people!  

Posted by Evelynn Decker Thursday, April 30, 2015 12:57:00 PM Categories: In the Spotlight Main Stage