Thursday, April 28, 2011

In Rehearsal with Light Opera Works: Q&A with Rob Hunt

Hello Blog Buddies! Kyle here, Production Associate here at Light Opera Works. I'll be interviewing our performers all season throughout each rehearsal period and give you a peek into who the performers are!
This first week of Brigadoon rehearsals, we have Rob Hunt who is playing Tommy Albright in our June production. Rob, who is right off the national tour of South Pacific, sent me a lot of great stuff about his interests and background. Here are the highlights:

Hometown: Ogden, Utah. Spent 13 years in New York City. But I now consider Chicago my hometown.

Current audition song:“If I Can’t Love Her” from Beauty and the Beast and “Wake Up and Dream” by Cole Porter.

Special skills: I play the piano (thanks Mom!), I do basic juggling and I can eat fire! It’s amazing what skills you have to learn in this business.

First musical you ever saw: Oklahoma! It was a production being “put on” by my church when I was a kid. I was amazed sitting there watching the dream ballet and seeing Jud killed right before me on stage. I knew that night this was what I wanted to do.

Current Chicago show you have been recommending to friends: My favorite Chicago theatre experience over and over again is Barrel of Monkeys! If you haven’t seen them, then you must! (NB/Kyle-- what about Light Opera Works! Helloooo)

Three favorite musicals: Les Miserables, Sweeney Todd and Spring Awakening

Favorite showtune of all time: Move On” from Sunday in the Park With George

What has been your most embarrassing moment on stage? I did an Off-Broadway show several years ago called Boobs! The Musical. In the opening number I wore jazz shoes, a purple sparkly vest (no shirt) and purple stretch velvet bell-bottomed pants. During one scene in the show I played a mad scientist who created a Bride of Frankenstein who had singing breasts. Also, at two different points in the show I was in drag, chest hair and all. I don’t remember any specifically embarrassing moment but I’m sure it must have come during my run in this show.

MAC or PC? MAC all the way.

Most played song on your iPod: OK….I think my iPod is a liar. It says my most played song is “Viva la Vida” by Coldplay. I do admit to going through a phase when I loved this song and played it often, but I don’t think it’s my most played song. I would guess it’s probably “French CafĂ©” by Marc Broussard.

Last book you read: The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett.

Must-see TV show: Right now it’s “Parks and Recreation”. I really never miss an episode and I fill up my DVR with back episodes so I can re-watch them – which I often do.

Three greatest TV shows of all time: I would answer this question but I’m afraid it would really date me. Next! (NB/Kyle-- we'll just tell everyone you found it on Netflix.)

Performer you would drop everything to go see: Marc Broussard. I discovered his music several years ago. I’ve seen him in concert three times (and I don’t go to a lot of concerts so three is a lot for me). I love his voice and his song writing.

Worst job you ever had: I take the 5th to protect the innocent.

Who would play you in the movie? I’m told it would be Timothy Olyphant. But, he’d have to gain at least 30 pounds.

Tell me the story of your First stage kiss: Oh boy! My high school did a production of a holocaust play called I Remember Mama. I was a sophomore and the girl I was playing opposite was a senior. Not only was this my first stage kiss it was also my first real kiss beyond the kissing games played at recess. I remember not being able to sleep the night before we were to rehearse the scene with the kiss. I was so nervous. Where do the noses go? Are there secrets about kissing I couldn’t figure out? Would she (my co-star) be able to tell it was my first kiss ever? The next day I was a wreck, but I kept my calm on the outside, did the kiss, no one knew what had just happened, and rehearsal went on without a stop. Easy!

Three things you can't live without:My dog, My computer, Pretzel M&Ms.

Finish this sentence: "I'll never understand why…" hate and fear seem to win so often.

See ya next week for another Q and A with the actress playing Meg, the wonderful Maggie Portman!

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