Last week we got to know Ashley Moore from the cast of Portland Musical Theater Company’s first show of our “Season of Premieres” All Hands On Deck! opening October 20th.
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And today we have another fun interview…
Getting to Know Aidan Nolan
What sort of person is going to love this show?
Theatre fans, music lovers, and anyone who feels a connection to their past lives in the 1940s!
What’s challenging about bringing this script to life?
Unlike in a typical stage show, the characters are much more ambiguous. Since the story is a lot more vague, we have to work especially hard to capture our characters.
Why did you want to be involved in this production?
What can I say? I love a challenge, and this show was a whole lot of work.
What will the audience be thinking about in the car as they drive home after this show?
I’m pretty sure they won’t be able to stop thinking about our tight 4 part harmonies.
What’s going to surprise people about this show?
How incredibly wonderful and catchy the music of this era was! I have to say, I wasn’t familiar with a lot of the music in the show when I auditioned. It’s really shocked me how much I end up humming tunes from the show in my daily life now.
Call someone out by name: who must come see this production?
Oh, man, can I pass on this one? My #1 answer is definitely my dad; he’s always been obsessed with music of this era. He’s gonna freak out.
How is your character like you? Different?
John’s a whole heck of a lot more excitable and optimistic than I am. That’s particularly fun to try to embody. John’s a lot like me, though, in that he just wants everyone to get along and have a good time.
What’s the biggest challenge about taking on this role?
Oh, absolutely it’s getting to know how to sing a style of music I’ve never really tackled before. Years in musical theatre and years in choir left me with basically zero experience in jazz/swing music.
Besides yourself, what celebrity would you like to see tackle this character?
I’d love to hear John Barrowman sing this role. He’s a god among men.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Who said anything about having to grow up?
If someone was going to make your life into a movie, who would play you?
I think I’d want Russell Crowe. And it’d be a musical. The irony would be juicy.
When did you first perform?
My first show ever was when I was 7 or 8 years old. I played The Wizard in a Missoula Children’s Theatre production of The Wizard of Oz. I distinctly remember my sponge beard. That’s probably why I’ve got a beard most of the time now. Gotta get ’em started early.
Besides this one, what’s your favorite stage show?
I’d say it’s probably Bat Boy or Spring Awakening. Both shows I’m dying to do one day.
Who do you look up to (as an actor/director/etc.)?
Some of my favorites are Nathan Fillion, Nicholas Hoult, Tim Burton, Ian Mckellen, Viola Davis, Maggie Gylenhall. I have a lot of answers for this question.
What’s your perfect Sunday afternoon look like?
Ideally I would literally never leave my bed. Preferably I’d have someone delivering food directly to my bed. Definitely I’d be snuggling my cat. Definitely would have someone personally brewing me lattes.
When you have a five minute break during rehearsal, what do you spend that time doing?
I spend it decompressing, most of the time. If I spend it on anything that relates to the show, I go totally insane. I’ve gotta take breaks as real breaks. I often go into that all too familiar Facebook scrolling zone out.
What do you do when you’re not doing theatre?
Working a whole lot of retail, taking cute instagram pictures, drinking entirely too much coffee and spending too much money on clothes come to mind.
If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next?
I really want to do a production of Midsummer as Puck. It’s been a minute since I’ve done Shakespeare. I miss the Bard.
What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage / the curtain goes up?
You know in High School Musical where Sharpay does that really awful theatre warmup? I have legitimately done that directly before stepping out on stage more times than I can count. Not even joking.
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Portland, Oregon (February 23, 2017)- Portland Musical Theater Company launches their second season, a Season of Premieres, with the Oregon premiere of ALL HANDS ON DECK! opening October 20, 2017 at the Mister Theater.
Flash back to 1942 and savor Portland Musical Theater Company’s ALL HANDS ON DECK!, an all-American, all-singing, roadshow and radio broadcast reproduction that features classic commercials, tight harmonies, impromptu skits, and 42 of the greatest, most enduring American tunes of all time.
Among the enduring songs highlighted in this patriotic homage to the American way of life are “Sentimental Journey,” “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” “Chattanooga Choo-Choo,” “I’ve Got A Crush On You” and “By The Light Of The Silvery Moon.”
Audience members are encouraged to dress in their favorite 1940s-inspired attire.
ALL HANDS ON DECK! Is directed by Deanna Maio, Founder and Executive Director of Portland Musical Theater Company. It was conceived by Jody Madaras & Quincy Marr, book and musical arrangements by Jody Madaras, with additional music and lyrics by Jody Madaras. It is presented by permission of Miracle or 2 Productions, Inc.
Mister Theater, 1847 East Burnside Street #101, Portland, OR 97214
October 20 – November 12, 2017
FRI/SAT @ 7:30PM
SUN @ 2:00 PM
Doors open 30 minutes before performance
No performance November 11th.
By Phone: Call box office at 971-225-7469
Tickets from $12.00 – $24.00
The show’s run time is 2 hours and includes a 15-minute intermission.
Concessions will be available for purchase.
Groups interested in buying 10 or more tickets are encouraged to call the box office at 971-225-7469 for a group savings.
Arts for All tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at 971-225-7469 or at the door if available.
ALL HANDS ON DECK! features Rich Cohn-Lee as Ted Crosley, Aidan Nolan as John Hanley, Deanna Maio as Betty Blake, and Ashley Moore as Daisy Maxwell.
October 29 features Ava Anderson as Betty Blake
November 5 features Caitriona Johnston as Daisy Maxwell
ABOUT PORTLAND MUSICAL THEATER COMPANY:
Portland Musical Theater Company seeks to inspire others to get into the arts through performances and educational programs. The programming and productions are selected to serve two fundamental truths- that each of us is special and has unique gifts to contribute to the world, and that we’re more alike and connected than we realize. As the organization believes in the uniqueness of the individual, their programs seek to bring out the individual strengths of each student, while productions seek to create community and connection.
ALL HANDS ON DECK! is the first of three productions offered by Portland Musical Theater Company during their 2017-2018 season. To learn more about Portland Musical Theater Company, please visit their website or contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.