Treasure Island Actor Spotlight – Tom Surber as Calico Jack/Bailiff

meQ: Why did you audition for Treasure Island?

TS: I’m a fan of classic literature and I knew this would be enjoyable.

Q: What shows might people have seen you in before?

TS: Benjamin ben Hadad in Miracles of Jesus, Young Siward in Macbeth, Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet and Preacher/Ensemble in Big River.

Q: What is a typical day like for you?

TS: I teach and coach at Mountain Heritage High School.

Q: Have you met new friends in the cast?

TS: I’ve had the good fortune to meet many new people as well as reaquaint with others.  This is an excellent cast and I have really enjoyed working with them.

Q: What has been your favorite moment from rehearsals?

TS: I enjoy the fact that the performers take such great pride and ownership of their roles.  This show simply overflows with talent.

Q: What is your favorite line from the show?

TS: A band of pirates are about to storm the Benbow Inn looking to slay the pirate Billy Bones.  Jim and his mother are expecting to be intruded upon at any moment.  The first pirate to reach the door tries to open it and surprisingly declares, “It’s locked!”  It’s amusing because who wouldn’t lock their door when they are expecting a band of bloodthirsty pirates to invade?

Q: Are there people in your life who have never seen you on stage?

TS: As an Army veteran and athletic coach, many people are surprised to learn that I ruin the rough tough stereotype because I enjoy the fine arts.

Q: At what age did you first know you wanted to act?

TS: My junior year in high school I had a very good English teacher that stimulated my interest in literature and theatre.

Q: What’s the #1 reason someone should see this show?

TS: This adaptation closely resembles the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson and offers a refreshing alternative to modern cinema.

Q: What is your favorite pirate movie?

TS: I actually have only seen Pirates of the Caribbean so that wins by default.  I especially enjoyed a theatrical production of The Pirates of Penzance and a novel by Rudyard Kipling call “Captain’s Courageous.”

Anything else you’d like people to know about you?

TS: Supporting actors like receiving flowers and Reese Cups too! (hint)

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