John Potelle, from Milford NH, will be performing in his very first theatrical production ever! It’s The Music Man May 9-11.
John plays Oliver Hix, a member of the School Board who leads a very mundane life until he discovers he can sing Barbershop! Recently, in real life, John also started a Barbershop quartet, Perfect Fourth, and he finds it very eye-opening. Singing quartet four part harmony is a real rush! There's nothing like it!
What does John find the most challenging part of bringing his role to life? “As this is my first show, everything is a challenge; from learning lines, to singing with choreography. Singing barbershop is the easy part!”
What was John’s earliest theatre memory? “I was a very shy kid, but I remember my whole 6th grade class being forced into a "production" of Swinging on a Star, complete with props. But a much better memory is an 8th grade English class trip to Boston (from central Maine) to see a production of West Side Story - amazing...”
When asked what do you get from theater that you don’t get from anything else you do, he replies “I'm about to find out!”
When John isn’t performing with his real life Barbershop quartet, he works by day in the computer and technology field. But his real love is music - jazz, Broadway and classical. He also plays guitar and saxophone. Currently he sings tenor in several groups: Souhegan Valley Chorus in Milford, NH; the Valleyaires; the barbershop quartet Perfect Fourth; and St Patrick's Church Choir.