Meet Clark Carmichael!

Posted by: Pia Haas on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 12:00:00 am

Clark Carmichael
plays King Arthur in our production of Camelot.. Read a bit about his journey to the stage..
  I grew up in Kansas City and southwest Iowa.  My parents were divorced and I went to school mainly in Kansas City and spent summers in Corning, Iowa.  I moved   around a bit because my mother was married several times.  I played baseball and tennis in high school and caught the acting bug doing a production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.  My dad was and airline pilot/farmer I traveled a bit when I was a kid (Africa, New Zealand, Alaska).  I Met my future wife at Northwestern, where I was a theatre major and varsity sabre fencer. I Worked briefly as a bartender, doorman and Starbucks barista in Chicago before going back to grad school at University Of Missouri- Kansas City for acting and directing.  After graduate school, I moved to the NY area (Montclair, NJ) where I now live with my wife and two children.
 I caught the bug in high school and no one could talk me out of it.  The family dynamics of my childhood pointed me to the arts.  My high school drama teacher, Tom Scahill, encouraged me as well as Ruth Ann Clurman, the speech and debate coach.  Dale Rose, my graduate acting teacher, taught me to act.
I knew of Camelot growing up but did not dig deeply into it until Richard Sabellico (our director) cast me in the role in 2008 at Pennsylvania Center Stage.  It was a very special show for me.  
I have never seen the movie.  But I  like musicals on film.  I really liked the recent Into the Woods.
I hate to narrow down my dream roles,  but I would love to play Cyrano De Bergerac, Macbeth and Bluntschli (The Chocolate Cream soldier).  I've also always wanted to do the shows She Loves Me and Next to Normal.
I'm an avid runner.  I've done a couple of marathons.  I also love to travel, mountain bike, hike and ski with my family.
My Ipod has on it: Queen, Prince, James Brown, Barenaked Ladies, Steely Dan, Allman Brothers, The Beatles, Bill Withers, Billy Joel, Boston,Bruce Hornsby, Chet Baker, The Chieftans, Ragtime, Spamalot, The Last 5 Years and lots of other show tunes, The Drifters, Sam Cooke, The Indigo Girls, Jack Johnson, Nat King Cole, Tom Petty, Van Morrison,  Ella Fitzgerald, John Coltrane, Kurt Elling...and lots more.


The last time I saw Camelot was in Chicago at, I believe, the Erlanger Theatre - Many, many moons before you were even considered! At the time after school I worked at the Schubert Theatre which introduced me to so many wonderful Musicals. I introduced live Theatre to my husband back in 1969. He caught the bug, and we have been loyal patrons of the WBT now for over 15 years, not having missed a show. We were thrilled when we heard Camelot was coming, and are counting down the days. Have a wonderful run!
Posted by: Annette Smith on January 28, 2015 at 8:29:24 pm

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