Richard is one of our stalwart veterans at the Coaster Theatre. He has been a recognizable face and voice in plays and musicals throughout the years and can be seen this holiday season as the Minstrel in Once Upon A Mattress. Since 2001 he has stretched his singing and acting chops in almost 30 productions. Some would say he is a bit addicted to theatre, case in point…he spent most of 2013 on the Coaster Theatre stage (in rehearsal or production) in 5 out of 7 productions including both summer shows! He was first seen on the Coaster Theatre stage in the 2001 holiday production of the Dicken’s Play as Young Ebenezer Scrooge – a role that he played 10 years later in Scrooge: The Musical. Some other Coaster Theatre productions of note include Beast in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jack in Into The Woods, Bob Wallace in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Mr. Green in Clue: The Musical, Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest, Roland Maule in Present Laughter and many more.
1. What is your present state of mind?
Well it is the holiday season so my state of mind is busy, but that’s a good thing keeps me out of trouble.
2. Who are your favorite playwrights?
Well I have a few but top three are Oscar Wilde, Damon Intrabartolo, and of course Sondheim.
3. Your favorite musician?
Wow that is a tough one but at the end of the day I will have to say Linda Eder she is my inspiration! Sorry Bernadette.
4. Who are your favorite characters?
Jack – Into The Woods, Beast – Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Don Baker – Butterflies Are Free and Algernon – The Importance of Being Earnest.
5. Who are your heroes in real life?
My Mom, she gave me life, an amazing family and has always told me to go big or go home.
6. What natural gift would you most like to possess?
As in I can only pick one? I will have to say patience.
7. What is your most marked characteristic?
I would say my work ethic/determination I have to give it my all and not quit.
8. What do you most value in your friends?
I have amazing friends and I value each of them so much for a lot of reasons. so here it goes, Katie Evans for her comedy and for knowing me way to well, Amanda Payne she is truly who I should try to be everyday so kind and patient, Ann Bronson for her ability to stay focused and get done what she says she will do she does what she says no questions or short cuts. Cami Lira for her never-ending knowledge of just about everything and her natural coolness. I can’t write all of my friends down but I love you all. I’m sure if this was an award show the play off music would be happening right……..now.
9. If you could be anyone throughout history, who would you have been?
Johnny Weissmuller as you all probably know he was an Olympic swimmer turned actor and continued to push the limits of what was always done to what could be done.
10. What is your motto?
Chin up, boobs out, it’s show time! – Debbie Reynolds