Meet Chris Collins- Pisano as Bobby

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Posted by: Pia Haas on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 12:00:00 am

Chris Collins-Pisano Plays Bobby in Our Production of Saturday Night Fever.. .. Check out his Interview!

With Audrey Tesserot as Pauline.

 I grew up in Westwood, MA, about thirty minutes south of Boston. My dad's from there, and my mom (she's 100% Italian) actually grew up in Jersey around the time of this show, so I've been able to get a lot of nice insight from her! I'm the oldest kid in a family of five, I went to a classic New England prep school, and spent college in Cincinnati at CCM studying Musical Theatre. I graduated this past April, and now I'm here!

I grew up watching a ton of movies and cartoons, so I guess that kind of stuff got me started. I started in music before I moved to theater, playing violin in orchestras and taking lessons. Actors, especially Robin Williams, had a really big influence on my childhood and start in performing. 

I've never done the show before, nor have I worked here at WBT before this production! I actually hadn't even seen the movie until I auditioned for this show...I've really enjoyed working here and on this show, though! It's a really cool space, and the whole production staff and cast are wonderful. 

I really like the movie! I think that there's a bit of a balance to be looked for with films being made into musicals; some films lend themselves to that transformation, but some don't. Films with an iconic soundtrack (like this one) can work well, but sometimes it's also nice to separate from that and create an original sound for the show (like in hairspray, dirty rotten scoundrels, the producers, etc.).  

I'm a huge Sondheim fan, so all of his shows are among my favorites. My all-time favorite is Sunday in the Park with George, and I'd love to play George some day. I'm also a big ole fan of Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour's another dream role), as well as other comedies that I've mentioned before, like Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Producers, or The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

I'm a huge movie buff so I go to the movies a lot, but I also like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain. I'm not into health food, I AM into champagne.

Right now I've been starting to really get into David Bowie and Meat Loaf, actually. I'm a big old timer when it comes to music, so stuff like Springsteen or The Rolling Stones are usually on my playlist. Nothing calms me down like some Sinatra or old big band music though. 

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