Cast Interview: Kevin Singletary (Algernon Moncrieff)
I had the opportunity last week to chat with Kevin during rehearsal. My take on him, as cast in the role of Algernon Moncrieff, the flamboyant, bon vivant Londoner, is that Kevin is spot-on. His youthful exuberance and rapid delivery are perfect for the character. It is as if Oscar Wilde had Kevin in mind when he wrote this play, characterized by Wilde as "A trivial comedy for serious people."
Dave: Kevin, welcome to the Wilsonville Theater Company. Where were youborn and raised?
Kevin: I'm a native Oregonian, born in Portland., raised in Canby.
Dave: What high school did you attend ?
Kevin: I recently graduated from Canby High School.
Dave: I note by your resume' that you were active in theater in high school. What plays were you in?
Kevin: Many plays, such as in high school, Secret Garden, Our Town, Once Upon a Mattress, and Guys and Dolls.
Dave: You have also been involved with Canby Community Theater. What roles have you performed with that theater company?
Kevin: I played Steward in Anything Goes in the summer of 2013, and the role of Sasha in Fiddler on the Roof, this past July.
Dave: You've had a nice start in acting thus far. What are your plans for the future?
Kevin: I have enrolled in Clackamas Community College for now. I plan to eventually go to Southern Oregon University in Ashland. Theater arts major.
Dave: It sounds like a good plan. Changing the subject , what do you think of Oscar Wilde's writing?
Kevin: He's out there. A quirky genius.
Dave: And what do you like best about your role of Algie in The Importance of Being Earnest?
Kevin: Eating cucumber sandwiches and muffins. He eats when he's stressed. Kind of like me.
Dave: (Laughter) Yes, there's always that. What do you see as the most difficult thing in your role?
Kevin: Having to learn so many lines.
Dave: I've seen this play in a couple of motion pictures, on television, and even a "radio" version, produced by a Los Angeles performance group. A reading in front of a live audience. From what I've seen so far in rehearsals, your speedy delivery and voice is remarkably similar to the Algernon performed by those pros.Kevin: Thank you.
Dave: One last thing; why should people come to see this play at WTC?Kevin: I think because of the way Director Kate Laney wants it performed. Loose and fun, not stiff and proper as it has been before.
Dave: Thanks Kevin. I'll let you get back to rehearsal.
Blog readers, once again, WTC's performance of The Importance of Being Earnest will be on stage at the Frog Pond Grange in Wilsonville on October 16, 17, 18, 23,24,25, with matinee on the 25th. More information available at www.wilsonvilletheater.com
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