Stories & Cast Interviews

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Meet Sir Lancelot .. Jeremiah James

Posted by: Pia Haas on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 12:00:00 pm Comments (0)

   
Jeremiah James as Sir Lancelot DuLac, and with Jennifer Hope Wills as Guenevere.

I grew up in update NY in the COUNTRY!!!. Wayne County. Macedon NY.  A tiny little town in the sticks. Played little league and was in the martial arts for 7 years!  Then my family moved to LA when I was 12 years old. We moved to the south bay area. I then discovered my love for theater and switched schools to a Music Academy which was 2 hours from home. I took a big yellow school bus to and from every day. Met the bus at 6am and didn’t get back to the bus stop until 830 pm. 

My older sister tricked me into doing a show. She called me a chicken and that was it!  She needed guys for a production of Anything Goes, and I was in the middle of a double day football practice. So, I went in after the second practice, still in my football pants and sang Happy Birthday! They were desperate, so they put me in the show. I was hooked!

I have been a fan of Robert Goulet for years and as a tenor/baritone, many of these songs are standard learning.  I always wanted to play Lancelot  and had friends worked up here at WBT and loved it. So, I called my agent for an audition. I'm honored to be apart of the cast! Just great people.

I know the film of CAMELOT. But I especially love the 1982 version filmed on stage. Richard Harris can’t be beat!

The Fantasticks is my all time favorite show next to SHOW BOAT  I Always dreamed about playing the Phantom in Phantom ( Andrew Lloyd Weber). I've seen it 5 times since I was young. I Love it every time.

When not on stage, I rebuild classic cars. First one  I did was a 1967 Chevy Impala…then a 68 Beetle.  Even though I love classics and muscle cars, I drive a SMART car… And when you are 6' 2" and weigh 200 pounds, people think it is hilarious that you drive such a tiny car.

On my Ipod? Everything.... So much! I am a Huge MUSE fan.  I love that band…. It was the best live show I have ever seen as well! 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Meet Sir Lionel, Billy Hepfinger!

Posted by: Pia Haas on Monday, March 2, 2015 at 12:00:00 am Comments (1)

Billy Hepfinger as Sir Lionel,  is a Dashingly handsome and Powerful Knight in our Production of CAMELOT....  Read on to hear what's up with this very cool guy!

 Billy Hepfinger (1st on left )With Jordan Wolfe as Mordred, Dan Fenaughty as Sir Dinadan and Michael Glavan as Sir Sagramore.

I grew up in the Pittsburgh area, where I played baseball, read voraciously, and sang constantly. It was a pretty standard suburban middle-class childhood, with two things in my favor: my parents supported me in anything I pursued, and I was lucky enough to go to a big public school where the arts programs had as much support as athletics. 

As a kid, I was obsessed with Saturday Night Live; I used to annoy my family with impressions of various Mike Myers and Will Ferrell characters. I got more and more serious about acting as I got older, but that was definitely the kernel of it. 

I've never done Camelot before, but I have seen it twice: once when I was interning at the Pittsburgh CLO in college, when the national tour starring Michael York came through, and again when a student group at Princeton put it on a year or two later. And this is my first time working with WBT, but I couldn't be happier to be doing such a timeless show at such a storied theater! 

The film adaptation of Camelot is one I haven't come across, but when they're done right, movie musicals are really spectacular. There are plenty of great musicals that have been faithfully adapted, like Oklahoma!, The Music Man, and (more recently) Into the Woods and Les Miserables, but my favorites are The Sound of Music and West Side Story. Those two I really love because they totally embrace their movie-ness and do things that you could never do onstage, like Julie Andrews coming up over the hill singing, or the stunning cinematography of the Rumble.

A lot of my favorite shows are Stephen Sondheim shows; I've been a devotee of his since college, and I've been lucky enough to perform in Assassins, Side by Side by Sondheim, and Company (twice!). I also think The Music Man is just about flawless - an opinion not everyone shares, as I've found, but I stick to my guns. As for my dream role, I'll say Georg in She Loves Me, because my girlfriend always says she wants to see me in it someday.

When I've got some free time, I like to read or play video games, usually (and my castmates will attest that you'll usually find me doing one or the other backstage). I also like to write, draw, play guitar, and watch movies, and I'm trying to cook more, too. 

My music tastes are pretty eclectic, but I like everything from Bruce Springsteen and the Beatles to Radiohead, Vampire Weekend, and Kanye West. I've got some show tunes on there, too, in case the mood strikes.