Meet Bob Walton as Elisha Whitney in Anything Goes!
I grew up in Marion, Indiana. The youngest of 5. My dad was a Pediatrician, Mom was a nurse. Marion happened to be a town with a very strong Music/Theatre community I took tap from an ex-Vaudevillian and I got to study a lot of music and theory as a kid. Two of my siblings are in the arts. Brother JIM, who has worked at WBT, and who I have written several musicals with. And sister Joan is a vintage dance Teacher/Choreographer who lives in California.
Inspiration came from watching my older siblings do Theatre, Music, Dance That pretty much solidified my desire to pursue it. The tree of us attended the Cincinnati Conservatory Of Music (At separate times) And our talents and skills grew considerably there.
I have done the show twice! - both times when I was around 18. And as so happens in youth, I don't even remember my character being in the show!! I only paid attention to the tap dancers (and the girls!) Favorite part of the show? I greatly enjoy drinking the iced tea that is in the whiskey bottle in Scene 4.
I worked here for the first time when I replaced my brother, Jim, IN BYE, BYE, BIRDIE IN 2005 at WBT. I love being able to be home and working - I live in Riverdale, and am an avid bike rider. so, I've taken this opportunity to be a bike commuter as much as possible. Rain permitting.
With Tina Johnson (Mrs. Harcourt)
My dream roles are in the past! I greatly enjoyed playing Bobby in CRAZY FOR YOU, Pseudolus in A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM.
I'm a writer/arranger and enjoy working on music projects, Musical Directing and hanging out with my wife and kids. My wife (Laurie) is head of Performing Arts at the Riverdale Y and both of our kids are actors. Alex and Emily. (Look for Emily's first solo CD of her original songs on iTunes: LITTLE LONGINGS. And you can find a show my brother and I wrote; MID-LIFE! (The Crisis Musical) There as well!
I mostly listen to Jazz: OSCAR PETERSON being on top of the list, as well as Big Bands, Classical, and Classic Rock/RnB.