GET TO KNOW: Carter Edward Smith

Hello THAC Freinds & Followers!

Today’s post is dedicated to Next To Normal cast member Carter. As Gabriel & Henry’s understudy, Carter is currently scheduled to perform Thursday 2/26/15 for the role of Henry and Thursday 3/5/15 for the role of Gabriel. Check out this Denver native’s thoughts on why YOU should see Next To Normal. Q&A below.

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COREY BROWN | @COREYLENBROWN

CBROWN@TOWNHALLARTSCENTER.ORG


Carter Edward Smith as Gabriel/Henry Understudy
Carter Edward Smith as Gabriel/Henry Understudy

LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU…

NAME: Carter Edward Smith

DOB: August 30th, 1989  

HOMETOWN: Denver

EDUCATION: Casper College and the New York Conservatory For Dramatic Arts

DAY JOB: Busser at Snooze Union Station and Teacher for KidStage, an after school program.


WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE…

COLOR: Blue

CITY: Grand Junction

MOVIE: Forrest Gump

BOOK: To Kill A Mockingbird 

BAND: The Beach Boys

SONG: “Good Vibrations”

MEAL: My Dad’s home grilled hamburgers 

PLAY: “King Lear”

MUSICAL: “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown”

BEVERAGE: Snapple Peach Iced Tea

SEASON: Fall

HOLIDAY: Christmas

RESTAURANT: Chipotle

DESSERT: Ben and Jerrys Fish Food Ice Cream


WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE…

COMEDIAN: Louie C.K.  

ACTOR: Tom Hanks

ACTRESS: Nicole Kidman  

DIRECTOR: Clint Eastwood

PERFORMER: Sutton Foster


THIS OR THAT…

DOGS OR CATS? Dogs!

COFFEE OR TEA? Coffee!

COMEDY OR MYSTERY? Comedy!

MUSICAL OR PLAY? Musical!

CRUSHED ICE OR CUBED? Cubed!        

EARLY BIRD OR NIGHT OWL? Early Bird!

KETCHUP OR MUSTARD? Neither!                    

BOXERS OR BRIEFS? Briefs                 

CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA? Chocolate!                       

ICE CREAM OR YOGURT? Ice Cream!


ANSWER ME THIS…

HOW MANY LANGUAGES DO YOU SPEAK? 1 and a half.          

THE GREATEST INVENTION IN HISTORY IS? The pooper scooper

WHEN LIFE HANDS YOU LEMONS? Ask the Barista if they need some lemons, and if they don’t, put the lemons in the walk in fridge. 

YOU’RE STRANDED ON A DESERTED ISLAND, WHAT TWO ITEMS DO YOU BRING? 1- Grand Piano 2-My dog, ️Peep.    

WHAT’S YOUR BEDTIME? As soon as possible      

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN ACTING? I’ve been acting since I was in 4th grade, but professionally have been acting for about 2 and a half years.    

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ROLE YOU’VE PLAYED?  My sophomore year of college I got to play Bobby in the Gershwin Musical, “Crazy For You.”      

WHAT’S YOUR DREAM ROLE TO BE CAST? Charlie Brown in “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.”  

WHO IS YOUR HERO? My Mom.                       

WHERE ARE YOU IN 10 YEARS? Married, with kids maybe. Hopefully still acting professionally in Denver. 

WHY SEE NEXT TO NORMAL? Because it’s an incredibly real show that tackles some really hard stuff, and yet relates to so many different kinds of people. Also because of this insanely talented cast and creative team. This show was meant to be done at Town Hall.


 

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NEXT TO NORMAL

FEB 13 – MARCH 15, 2015

TOWN HALL ARTS CENTER

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THAC PREVIEW: Next to Normal

Hello THAC Friends & Followers,

The next main stage production in THAC’s 2014 – 2015 Season will be Next to Normal (N2N), music by Tom Kitt, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey (interview below). Winner of the 2010 Pultzer Prize for drama, this contemporary rock-musical explores how one suburban household copes with love and crisis. With electrifying LIVE music and lyrics, N2N shows how far two parents will go to keep themselves sane and their family’s world intact. Ben Brantley of the New York Times n2n-webcalled it, “A brave, breathtaking new musical. It is something much more than a fee-good musical: it is a feel everything musical.”

N2N seems to be a critic favorite! Nominated for eleven 2009 Tony Awards, N2N took three for Best Original Score, Best Orchestration, and Best Performance for a leading Actress in a Musical for Alice Ripley. As I mentioned previously, N2N also won the 2010 Pultzer Prize, becoming the eighth musical in history to receive the honor. Winner of the the Outer Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Score and nomincated for Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Actress (Alice Ripley) and Outstanding Score, N2N is sure to please patrons of THAC.

Featured in this production is Margie Lamb, reprising her role as Diana after performing at the Aurora Fox for Ignite Theatre. Daniel Langhoff cast in the role of Dan, returns to Town Hall most recently seen as Daddy Warbucks in the 2013 production of Annie. Jacquie Jo Billings is also returning to THAC in the role of Natalie. You may remember her as Thea in last season’s performance of Spring Awakening. Making their THAC debuts, are Josh Bess as Gabriel, Ethan Knowels as Henry, and Jared Ming as Dr Madden/ Dr Fine. Understudying the roles of Gabriel and Henry is Carter Edward Smith; also seen in THAC’s productions of Spring Awakening, Music Man, and 9 to 5. Carter is scheduled for perform 2/26/2015 for the role of Henry and 3/5/2015 for the role of Gabriel.

N2N is directed by Nick Sugar, Henry Award winner for THAC’s 2012 production of The Who’s Tommy and 2010 production of RENT, and most recently seen directing and choreographing Anything Goes for Town Hall in 2014. Donna Debreceni (2012 Henry Award winner for Outstanding Musical Direction for The Who’s Tommy) returns as musical director leading a live band with keyboards onstage. Joining her onstage are Austin Hein (Bass), Kevin E. Johnson (Cello), David Paul (Violin), Scott Alan Smith (Guitars), and Tag Worley (Drums/ Percussion).

THAC’s production of Next to Normal open’s Friday 2/13 and runs through Sunday 3/15 (2015). We hope you’ll join us for what promises to be a truly moving performance and rockin’ time at the theatre.

Be sure to check the Town Hall Arts Center Blog TOMORROW 2/10 for a special Q&A session with cast member Carter Edward Smith!

CHEERS!

COREY BROWN | @COREYLENBROWN

CBROWN@TOWNHALLARTSCENTER.ORG


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CAST:

Margie Lamb (Diana) | Daniel Langhoff (Dan)

Jacquie Jo Billings (Natalie) | Josh Bess (Gabriel)

Ethan Knowels (Henry) | Jared Ming (Dr Fine / Dr Madden)

Carter Edward Smith (Gabriel & Henry Understudy )

PRODUCTION CREW:

Nick Sugar (Director) | Donna Debreceni (Music Director)

Tina Anderson (Set Designer) | Linda Morken (Costume Designer)

Curt Behm (Sound Designer) | Seth Alison (Lighting Designer)

Becky Toma (Props Designer) | Steven Neale (Production Stage Manager)

Cara Wallingford (Sound Operator) | Melissa Sipes (Run Crew)


Check out these amazing photos from rehearsal:


Interviews featuring Next To Normal author & lyricist Brian Yorkey:


n2n-web TICKET INFORMATION:

THAC Box Office

303.791.2787 x 5 | 2450 West Main Street Littleton CO

MON – FRI (10 – 5) + one hour before showtime.

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