Thursday, April 24, 2014

Meet Boeing Boeing Cast Member Joshua Rich



What do you find appealing about your character and this show? 
I think Bernard is charming and likeable, even though he is rather sexist and perhaps a tad immoral.  I love how he honestly loves each of his fianc├ęs in different ways.  And I love how he gets flustered easily but always manages to regain control quickly.  Overall, I love the wit, pace, charm and warmth of this show.  It is sweet and romantic in its own way.

What have you learned about yourself in playing the role of Bernard?  
 I have learned many things.  One of them is how to have more confidence, like Bernard does, and how to live life more to the fullest.  I have also learned a lot about myself personally and as an actor in this part.  I feel I have grown a lot in my ability, confidence and stage presence.

What do you want the audience to experience/take away from this show?
First and foremost, I want them to be entertained!  I come from the old-school of show business -- make 'em laugh!  I love the old screwball comedies of the 1930's and '40's, and I think one thing we may have lost a bit in recent years is the simplicity and value of a happy ending, which this play offers.

How does this show differ from other shows you have worked on?   
It is much lighter and physical than other plays I have starred in.  It requires a much more focused kind of timing and pacing between all of the actors, which requires a more intensive rehearsal process, as well as a lot of trust between all of us.

How long have you been acting and what made you get involved in theatre?
I have been acting for a few years -- for many years prior I focused on being a pianist, composer, director, teaching artist and playwright.  Once I stepped onto the stage, I was hooked!  I have always loved theatre and even when I was working in front of the actors, I enjoyed the entire process.  Now that I am in front of the audience, I couldn't be happier!

How did you get involved with LTA?   
By coming to an audition for "Proof". I wasn't right for that part, but fell in love with the theatre instantly, and as soon as I saw the audition for "Boeing Boeing", I wasted no time! The community is wonderful - warm, inviting, professional.  It is truly a joy to be part of LTA.

What advice would you give others who are interested in working in theatre?  
Get out there!  Try everything!  Audition for any and everything that you think you are right for, and remember that it only takes one "yes".  Auditions help you become a stronger actor, even when you don't get the part.  Don't be afraid to volunteer to be backstage, or usher -- whatever gets you in the door.  If you want to be a part of the magical world of theatre, the Universe will see fit to bring it to you!


 Catch Boeing Boeing at LTA starting May 3!  For tickets, visit www.thelittletheatre.com