Tell us a bit about your character, the Bellhop:
Everyone has that one celebrity they dream about meeting. You idoloize them, follow their career, and sometimes become a bit obsessive. The Bellhop is a good representation of that person who is simply star struck. Being a huge fan and admirer of tenor Tito Merelli, the Bellhop's sole objective is to finally meet his idol. The Bellhop sings, dances, and acts (or at least, he tries) with the hopes that Mr. Merelli will notice his talents. He is persistent, confident, and determined. The Bellhop is willing to face any obstacles head on that come between himself and his favorite Italian opera singer.
LEND ME A TENOR is a collaboration with Marquette University and you are one of several current students and alumni involved with the show. Any thoughts you’d like to share about your experience as a MU student here at MCT?
Working with MCT has been an inspirational experience. Observing experienced actors and my director has given me a good idea of what is expected in a professional setting. Everyone was very welcoming and supportive, which made the experience even more memorable. I've had tons of fun and this experience has only increased my love for the theatre.
What are some of the benefits and challenges of performing in a farce/comedy?
One big challenge of performing in a farce is the timing. You have to be very precise with any actions, bits, and dialogue within this show. There is a rhythm to the script and certain beats that an actor must be aware of in order to make the material POP in the eyes of the audience. You have to keep on your toes and make sure you land any physical comedic jokes at the right moment. It's all in the timing when it comes to a comedy.
Thanks Peter! We look forward to seeing your MCT debut, April 10-27.