My name is Joel Iwaskiewicz, and I play Bobby Child (who sometimes plays Bela Zangler) in Crazy for You.
I was born and raised in Nashua, NH, which is where my wife, Laura, and I now live.
I didn't know Crazy for You very well, but I could sing almost every Gershwin song in the show. My wife's encouragement (she's done the show before and LOVES it) was also a driving factor.
I've previously performed in Guys and Dolls, Les Miserables, and The Music Man with Actorsingers. I've also appeared onstage with Peacock Players, StageCoach Productions, and other area groups.
I was thrilled to take on such a challenging role... and terrified to take on such a challenging role.Bobby Child is a performer at heart who is trapped in the lifeless world of banking and wealth management. He has dreams of breaking free and finally letting his spirit out onstage. I love Bobby's earnestness and his adoration for performers. I can relate to the exuberance he experiences onstage and the admiration he has for people who create art on the stage. I can also identify with Bobby's instant infatuation with the character Polly since she's played by a fellow actor I really admire. Bobby is a laundry list of challenges for me. He tap dances. He impersonates a Hungarian accent. He constantly changes costumes (and facial hair). Fortunately, tackling each of those challenges is endlessly invigorating.
I used to burn Broadway soundtracks from the library onto audio cassettes, and then I'd call my friends and blast the first chords of the Phantom of the Opera soundtrack over the phone. I thought that was the funniest thing.
My job as a high school English teacher is full of surprises and leaves me feeling fulfilled every day. I also enjoy cooking, writing, and watching Saturday Night Live.
There's this electric connection between actors and their audience that I've only ever experienced onstage. It's like being plugged into multiple worlds at once. My imagination is never more lively or engaged than when I'm acting in or watching a live show.