We’re happy to see Steve Elderbrock back on stage this season… and proud to be a part of his bucket list.
PP: What made you audition for Oliver!?
Steve: I remember seeing the movie version (which won an Academy Award for Best Picture in 1969) when it was re-released in theaters in 1972, when I was five years old. It made a huge impression on me – I loved it. I learned all the songs and couldn’t wait someday to play the Artful Dodger. I have aged out of that part, obviously, but have also always loved Fagin, so I was thrilled to be able to audition for the part, and even more thrilled to be cast. One more part I can scratch off my acting bucket list.
PP: Have you made any new pals during rehearsals? Do you have a favorite rehearsal moment?
Steve: First of all, it has been a joy to be on stage again with some “old pals,” like Myra McCoury and Aaron Neighbors, but it has been just as much fun to get to some “new pals” like Faith Creech and the kids in Fagin’s gang. I have been very impressed with the hard work and talent of everyone in the cast, but especially the members of my gang who do a huge amount of singing and dancing in addition to great acting. Watching (and interacting with) the kids in my gang, including Dodger and Oliver, has been my favorite part of rehearsals.
PP: Fagin is a very complicated character. How has it been as an actor deciding how good/evil Fagin actually is? What artistic choices have you made around your envisioning of the character?
Steve: The complication is what makes it fun to play, of course. I don’t think Fagin is “evil” – he is obviously a thief and a rogue, but he does truly care for the kids in his gang. I also think he truly cares for Oliver, and it is Oliver coming into the mix that really makes Fagin start to question his life and what his future might hold. I also appreciate the more comic elements of his character, especially the fact that he breaks down the fourth wall a number of times and talks to/plays to the audience. As a big fan of Groucho Marx, who was one of the first to do that both on stage and in movies, I really enjoy that. Walking that line between comedy/drama and evil/good while also trying to keep Fagin real and authentic and relatable is a lot of fun. I hope the audience will have as much fun watching as I have had in creating the character.
You can also catch Steve’s radio interivew HERE.
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