a href=”http://blog.dominionstage.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/MichaelB.jpg”>A former band geek, Michael never had the courage to jump on stage until his freshman year of college. That year, he was cast in his first play (Romeo and Juliet, as Benvolio) and his first experience singing in public, with Fiddler on the Roof (Perchik). This trial by fire allowed Michael to delve deeper into what is now a huge passion of his.
Now cast in Dominion Stage’s production of Spring Awakening, Michael is pleasantly surprised he can still play such young characters.
“This is my second show in a row playing a teenager, having just come off of playing the lovable stoner, Henry, in Next to Normal. Both Henry and Hanschen are roles that I’ve always wanted to play but wasn’t sure if I could get cast. Having just turned 33, I’ll ride this wave as long as I can!”
“After a schoolmate utters ‘Oh god’ once they kiss, Hanschen responds with ‘I know…’. He’s totally full of himself, or at least wants to give that impression to his new lover. In some ways, I can relate to Hanschen’s motive. When I met my current partner, my walls were up and I wanted to emote a certain level of confidence so, when he said ‘We should do this again,’ I responded with, ‘Oh, really?!?’”