Another former TNB Theatre School student is in the BFP Spotlight this week as we profile Max LeBlanc. LeBlanc is the acoustic guitar playing frontman of local rock band She Roars, as well as a nursing student at the University of New Brunswick. No stranger to the stage, LeBlanc has spent the last few years writing and performing with his band, biking the local trails, or volunteering at the UNB Rock Climbing Club. LeBlanc plays Dr. Madden, the primary physician whose job is to treat Diana’s mental illness in our upcoming production of Next To Normal at The Fredericton Playhouse Aug. 28-Sept. 1.
BFP: What was the first show you were ever involved in?
LEBLANC: TNB’s Peter Pan, I played Michael and I flewed!
BFP: Do you prefer acting for film or for the theatre?
LEBLANC: I enjoy the stage, but it’s been a long time since I’ve been in front of a camera.
BFP: What has been your favorite role to play so far?
LEBLANC: I really enjoyed playing the role of Kenickie in Grease. Though that was a little while back. Lately I’ve been liking the role of the singer in She Roars.
BFP: What role would you love to play that you haven’t yet?
LEBLANC: Elder Arnold Cunningham in The Book of Morman. That show looks amazing.
BFP: What is the scariest part of an audition?
LEBLANC: The 30 minutes before actually getting there.
BFP: What show could you do for years?
LEBLANC: I’m actually quite excited to be a part of this one. So… Next to Normal?
BFP: What are you auditioning for next?
LEBLANC: Does a medical school interview count as an audition?
BFP: What is the strangest thing a role required you to do?
LEBLANC: Probably sitting in grease lightning as it got lifted 15 feet in the air above the stage.
BFP: Have you ever forgotten your lines, or a prop, or choreography during a performance? What happened?
LEBLANC: No actually, I’ve been pretty fortunate during my performances. *Knock on Wood*
BFP: What is something embarrassing or unexpected that happened to you on stage?
LEBLANC: When playing a show in Moncton we once had a speaker catch fire and start smoking. I’ve never known an acoustic guitar to blow a speaker, but there’s a first time for everything I guess.
Next to Normal runs from Thursday August 29 to Sunday September 1, with a special preview performance on Wednesday, August 28. All performances are at 7:30pm and take place in The Fredericton Playhouse Studio Space.
For tickets, contact The Fredericton Playhouse box office in person, by phone at 506-458-8344 or online at www.theplayhouse.ca.