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Joshua Henry is another one of our next generation actors on the rise! He won the Drama Desk Award for Best Featured Ensemble for “In The Heights,” which he also starred in on Broadway and he originated the role of the “Favorite Son” military hero in Broadway’s “American Idiot.” His other theatrical credits include “The Wiz” (City Center), “Godspell” (Papermill Playhouse), and “Being Alive” (Westport Country Playhouse). On television, Joshua has been seen in HBO’s “Sex and the City” as well as NBC’s “Kings.” Joshua is currently in Minneapolis making his Guthrie debut, in the pre-Broadway run of “The Scottsboro Boys” through September 25. “The Scottsboro Boys” will arrive on Broadway starting October 7. Be sure to check out this amazing talent!

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? It was just one person, but I remember being twelve years old watching Michael Jackson on TV and in awe at the power he had over an audience.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Why? Is this the final callback? I fancy myself a tenor 2 range with a little extra on the bottom and a few surprises on top.

3. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Brian McKnight. Amazing musician and song writer. Brian, if you listening, let’s jam together!

4. If you couldn’t be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? Music Therapy.

5. Do you have any rituals that you must do before a performance? How do you decompress after a show? After shoulder rolls forward and back I like to have a moment of silence to remind myself how blessed I am to be doing what I love. Most nights after a show, I zone out to ESPN on the couch.

6. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? Well, I can make my voice sound computerized/audio-tuned.

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? I’m all about supersets at the gym. Although I’ve recently discovered Sculpt Yoga.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Recently briefs.

9. Favorite website? Facebook. Sometimes it’s annoying, but when it comes down to it, it’s perfect for the NYC lifestyle.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Superman because he can fly and see through walls. I haven’t done much research on Wonder Woman..I’m on it.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Always do your best.

12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Beyonce. And I mean that in the most respectful, professional way.

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Douglas Sills is a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award nominee for his performance in Broadway’s “The Scarlet Pimpernel.” With a stage presence, talent, a big booming voice, and good looks, Douglas Sills is your go to guy! His many other stage credits include the Broadway revival of “Little Shop of Horrors,” Encores! productions of “Music in the Air” and “Carnival,” “On The 20th Century” for the Actors Fund, “Moonlight and Magnolias” at MTC, and BCEFA’s benefit “Broadway Backwards 5.” On the road, Douglas has starred in the National Tours of “The Scarlett Pimpernel” for which he was an Ovation Award winner, “The Secret Garden,” and “Into The Woods.” Regionally, he has been seen in “She Loves Me” (Westport Playhouse), “A Little Night Music” (Kennedy Center), “Much Ado About Nothing” (South Coast Rep), “Mack and Mabel” (Reprise), “Othello,” “Cymbeline,” and “Merry Wives” (Cal Shakes), “The Philadelphia Story,” “Richard II,” “Henry IV”, “Henry V,” and “Mrs. Warren’s Profession.” Television audiences will recognize Douglas from his guest appearances on “CSI,” “The Closer,” “Numb3rs,” and “Will & Grace,” while film goers will remember him from “Deuce Bigelow: European Gigolo. Douglas just completed a run as “Captain Hook/Mr. Darling” in Papermill Playhouse’s smash hit production of “Peter Pan” (which co-starred fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Nancy Anderson and Zachary Infante). Douglas is gearing up for his next move, so until it’s announced, be sure to keep up with him on Facebook!

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? So many. And I look for fresh inspiration all the time.
An interesting mix Olivier, Gielgud, Richardson, Alec Guinness, Peter O’Toole…..and Al Jolson,

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Don’t know. Try not to take notice of absolutes like that. It seems only to enforce limits rather than encourage the spirit of an idea.

3. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Cherry Jones

4. Do you have any rituals that have to do before each performance? How do you decompress after a show? Rituals change according to the demands of the piece.  Sometimes I jog to the theater, or do a recorded warm-up geared to the piece, read historically-related fiction about the period….but whatever it is, it’s generally solitary activity. Decompression also varies depending on the situation….ie: comedy or tragedy, musical or play, near home or long travel afterward,  friends in the show or not. Nothing too routine for decompression. Usually have to get back to let the dog out . She’s been my decompression more than anything….Care of something outside myself. I like to get home and bring something to my partner.

5. What’s your proudest moment? Having my folks attend the Tony Awards at which I was nominated and performed.

6. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I can dismember a body in 32 minutes.

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? My favorite way would be to eat whatever I like…but that doesn’t work. Ummm working is my favorite way to stay in shape generally. But I like to push myself to try new things….ie: did Bikram for a while. Tried a vegan regimen for a while. I get the feeling yoga is likely the best approach for me.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Boxers around the house. Briefs otherwise.

9. Favorite website? Dailycoyote.net

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Neither. Spongebob, Peter Griffin or Larry David.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite quote? “Astound yourself with your personal courage everyday”  -Olivier

12. Favorite way to spend your day off? Strolling a shaded beach with my dog and my partner, looking for sea life in the shallows.

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Be sure to catch fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participants Nancy Anderson and Zachary Infante along with Douglas Sills in Papermill Playhouse’s production of “Peter Pan” from June 2-27. This family-friendly musical is sure going to be a fun time!

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Zachary is a nineteen year old rising sophomore at NYU Tisch School Of The Arts at CAP21. Pursuing a BFA in Drama (Musical Theater), it has always been Zachary’s goal to achieve personal and professional success in theatre and film. Having survived Stage IV Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma at age 15, he continues to fight to reach his dreams and certainly hasn’t let anything hold him back. He’s a laid back kind of guy, ready to work, and ready to make lasting relationships with his colleagues. He began his career at the age of ten working on numerous commercials and voice overs. He made his big break at the age of eleven when he took on the role of Gordon in Paramount’s film “School of Rock” starring Jack Black and Joan Cusack. Most recently he was seen in fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Bobby Cronin’s new musical “The Beaten Path” as the role of Jake. The production directed by Jessica Redish and produced by Erica Ruff, premiered at the Laurie Beechman Theater this past January and proved to be a great success. Currently, Zachary can be seen at the Papermill Playhouse’s performance of “Peter Pan” (along with fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Nancy Anderson) as the lost boy Nibs running from June 2nd through the 27th. After that he will participate in CAP21’s first Annual Summer Stock in New York throughout the month of July. He continues work and educate himself as his career progresses, and believes the most important part of his journey has been the love and support of his family. He continues to remember that “the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”-Lao Tzu. Look out for Zachary, he is certainly looking out for you! You can check him out on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/theinfant2

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Truthfully, I’d have to say my mother and father. They gave me the outlet to begin working in New York and have stayed my biggest fans since birth. I’ll never forget seeing my parents dance together in the living room when I was a child. That sight was worth more than any Broadway ticket. I just knew I wanted to give others that same feeling of joy and happiness that my parents gave to me.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? Low-Bflat High-(most days) C!

3. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I have impeccable knowledge of state capitals. I think that qualifies as a talent. haha.

4. Who do you consider to be your hero? My father, there’s no one in my life or in this world who I’d rather be like. He’s the type of person who will talk to anyone and brighten up their day. He’s shown me to live life to the fullest and to show love to those who need it most.

5. Favorite way to stay in shape? Dance and the occasional run.

6. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs.

7. Favorite musician/singer? John Legend and Josh Groban. Their music is a frequent on my ipod.
…OH and Lady Gaga of course!

8. Favorite play/musical? Definitely In the Heights! Being Hispanic and having family living in Washington Heights definitely made it an amazing show to experience (on my Birthday!). I’d love to play Sonny one day!

9. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman… I dig strong women.

10. Zach’s added question: Favorite Quote? “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who matter don’t mind, and those who mind… don’t matter” -Dr.Seuss

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James Mitchell, best known as “Palmer Cortlandt” on “All My Children” passed away on Friday, January 22, 2010 in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to his iconic role as “Palmer” on “All My Children,” (for which he received three Soap Opera Digest Awards and seven Daytime Emmy Award nominations), James had an extensive career as a dancer and choreographer in film musicals and theatre (Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Regionally). His performing career began at the American Ballet Theatre. He worked with renowned choreographer Agnes de Mills both as a dancer and choreographer in such Broadway productions as  “Bloomer Girl,” “Brigadoon” (for which he won a Theatre World Award), “Paint Your Wagon,” “Come Summer,” and in the 1955 film “Oklahoma” where he starred as “Dream Curly.” In addition to working with de Mills, James worked the acclaimed Jerome Robbins in the Broadway production of “Billion Dollar Baby.” Other Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include “Carnival,” “Mack & Mabel,” “Annie Get Your Gun,” “The Three Penny Opera,” “Winkelberg,” and “Livin’ The Life.” Regionally, James was seen in productions of “The Rainmaker,” “The King and I,” and “Funny Girl.” Throughout his extensive career, James also worked as a director and choreographer for many regional theatres including The Papermill Playhouse and American Ballet Theatre. His film credits include “The Turning Point” and “The Bandwagon.”

Rest in Peace James and Thank You for entertaining me!

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From starring as “Seymour” in Paper Mill Playhouse’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors” to “William Barfee” in Broadway’s “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”, Jared Gertner is the guy for your production! He’s one of the “Core Cast Improviser’s” in the Off-Broadway hit “Don’t Quit Your Night Job” and he just finished up a run of “Forever Plaid” at The Cape Playhouse in Massachusetts. Jared has also been the feature films “Between Love & Goodbye” & “The Suicide Auditions”. Next up Jared will be one of the many talented performers participating in the “Reach The Sky” concert on Monday, August 3 at 7pm & 9:30pm at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in New York City celebrating the songs of Bobby Cronin. For more on Jared, visit http://www.jaredgertner.com!

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I would have to say I was inspired by my parents.  They were not performers themselves, but they love theatre and they started taking me to Broadway shows when I was 3 (Cats was the first one….forgive me, but I loved it). I also have a cousin who was a dancer on Broadway in the 80’s and an Aunt who ran a community theatre in NJ where I got my start. So they helped too.

2. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I don’t think I have any really strange talents. I can do a pretty good elephant impression that my 2 year old nephew likes a lot, and I can burp on cue. But I’m really public about those talents.

3. What was your most embarrassing audition? When I was just out of college, I auditioned for a production of Forever Plaid at some small theatre. I went to the store to buy a song from that show and I got the “selections” book. I didn’t realize at my young age, that those books are often in the wrong key and have totally different arrangements from the actual score. I went in with the song all prepared and the guy at the piano said….”oh, I have the score here. I’ll just play from my music.” So I started singing and realized that I had no idea how the song actually went. I was truly awful in that room. I sounded like I’d never sang a song before. When I was done, they just said thanks and dismissed me. The happy ending here….is that I am doing Forever Plaid right now at The Cape Playhouse.   Years have gone by and I’m doing the show in a much better theatre. So, it all worked out.

4. If you couldn’t be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? I would probably be a teacher. I teach theatre for a bunch of different companies and I love it. If I wasn’t an actor full time, I’d probably pursue that. Theatre actor and teacher…..clearly I am just after the money with those two high paying professions.

5. Boxers or Briefs? Boxer briefs. Its the only way to go.

6. Favorite Drink? Alcoholic or non-alcoholic? I’ll give you both. I drink water more than anything else. I’m obsessed with it. But, every once and a while I crave a Doctor Pepper. As for REAL drinks….I’m usually a beer drinker….Yuengling is my favorite. But, if I’m feeling crazy….its a dirty Bombay Sapphire Martini straight up.

7. “Gobots” or “Transformers”? To be honest, I wasn’t really into either.  I was a He-Man and Thundercats kind of guy. But if I have to choose, I’d say Gobots.  I say that because with the Transformer movies  and everything, Gobots seem like the underdogs now. I always root for the underdog.

8. Favorite Musical/Play? Hmm. I have two favorite musicals….Chorus Line and Guys and Dolls. Favorite play would probably be Hamlet or August:Osage County.

9. Favorite website? www.jaredgertner.com.  No, just kidding. Right now, it’s Facebook.com. I am obsessed with it. My love will probably fizzle out at some point, but for now….I am on there all the time.

10. Books or Magazines? Do I really have to choose. For subway reading, I prefer magazines. But, overall….books.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite Actor? Wow. Bonus questions. Do I get extra points or something. My favorite actor?  I have a lot. On film….Robert Downey Jr, Paul Giamatti, and Sean Penn pop up right away.  On television….I think Michael Emerson from LOST is ridiculously amazing, and I think Jim Parsons is doing the best comedic work out there on Big Bang Theory. My theatre idol is Boyd Gaines. I love the way he goes back and forth between musicals and plays and is equally brilliant in everything he does.

12. What do you love and what stresses you most about your job? I love the rehearsal process. I love being in a room and creating something with other people who inspire me. I also love that I get a bunch of free shoes when shows end. The stressful part is what you’d imagine…..waiting to hear about a job, handling the business stuff. But I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

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