October Sky Closes - Thank You
On Sunday October 18th, I closed the world premiere musical October Sky at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire. This show was undeniably special to me. If you had told me last year that I would be leading a brand new musical, performing it eight times a week for two months, I would not have believed you. But here I am, having done it. I did it. And it has made me a better actor, a more committed performer, and a stronger person. I had my struggles, my doubts, but I knew I could rely on the whole team to make it through: The warm and human book by Aaron Thielen and the soaring music and lyrics of Michael Mahler. The supportive direction from Rachel Rockwell who pushed and challenged me to tell this story honestly and truthfully. The townsfolk of our on-stage Coalwood. The most generous on-stage mentor and supporter - Johanna McKenzie Miller as Miss Riley. The best on-stage parents a boy could ask for – David Hess and Susan Moniz. And finally, the Rocket Boys – Alex Weisman, Ben Barker and Patrick Rooney – I love you all to the ends of the earth and back. Thank you to Chris Herzberger, Terry James and everyone at the Marriott Theatre for letting me be a part of this production. I will treasure this show for the rest of my life.
(Oh, and I've added a few quotes from reviews on my Press Page!)