The BFP Spotlight was thrilled to sit down with the incomparable Mr. Jeremy Dutcher. Dutcher is another former TNB Theatre School student who is carving out a career onstage. A graduate of Dalhousie University, Dutcher studied opera, but don’t let his penchant for long-winded arias fool you. This guy loves rock musicals. And we happen to know that he can deliver a mean rendition of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”.
Dutcher plays Gabe, the enigmatic son of Diana and Dan 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?
DUTCHER: The Music Man put on by the Gilbert & Sullivan Society. I was cast both for my ability to play the snare drum and generally charming awkwardness…
BFP: Do you prefer acting for film or for the theatre?
DUTCHER: I am a film virgin (yet, film curious). So I guess by default… theatre.
BFP: What has been your favorite role to play so far?
DUTCHER: Being a cat in TNB Theatre School’s Cats.
BFP: What role would you love to play that you haven’t yet?
DUTCHER: JEEEEEEEEESSSSSUSSSSS! (Hoping that reference lands…) Not that I advocate everything Lloyd-Webber has done… but damn, THAT is a score.
BFP: What is the scariest part of an audition?
DUTCHER: That part where I can’t tell if I’m coming across genuine or not… Wait, does saying that make me more or less genuine… I’m bad at this.
BFP: What show could you do for years?
DUTCHER: Doing RENT was a blast… I could play an asshole landlord for the rest of my life; it is really self-affirming.
BFP: What are you auditioning for next?
DUTCHER: Sister Mary Patrick in Blind Faith’s production of Sister Act: The Musical (pending)
BFP: What is the strangest thing a role required you to do?
DUTCHER: Suspend 16 feet in the air… that harness was unkind.
BFP: Have you ever forgotten your lines, or a prop, or choreography during a performance? What happened?
DUTCHER: During a production of Puccini’s opera Gianni Schicchi I forgot my prop gun to shoot the antagonist at the end of the show… finger guns never looked so good 😉
BFP: What is something embarrassing or unexpected that happened to you on stage?
DUTCHER: Picture this: Cat suit onsies. My big solo moment. Step to the front of the stage. Park and bark. Confused by laughter. Later find out a peach-coloured feather from another cat’s suit has found its way in between my legs. Utter embarrassment.
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.