After taking the summer of 2011 away from theatre, Josh decided to audition for what he can only assume was the 83rd local iteration of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at LTA. He was cast as Leaf Coneybear and, donning Heely’s and a cape, took on the role of a 12 year old with zest in the winter of 2011-2012. Enjoying his clean shaven face, Josh auditioned for The Fantasticks with Vienna Theatre Company in spring 2012 and was cast as the young Matt.
Having loved Spring Awakening since he first saw it on Broadway in the winter of 2007, Josh was thrilled to be able to audition for the show.
“I first heard about the show in the fall of 2006. Despite loving the show after seeing it in 2007, my first impression was not a positive one. A friend and I were trying to pick a show to see in New York in 2006 and we stumbled across the Spring Awakening website. After listening to the song ‘Totally F****d,’ I promptly said, ‘This sucks’ and we got tickets to Spelling Bee instead. Little did I know how wrong I was and that a mere 6 years later, I would be belting out that very song during Dominion Stage’s production of Spring Awakening.”
After auditioning and callbacks, Josh was cast as Melchior, the headstrong young student who simply believes he knows more than everyone else around him.
“Melchior is one of the more complex characters I’ve ever tackled. Most of my roles in the past have been overwhelmingly comedic. Playing Melchior requires a certain restraint. Though my instinct has been to make comedic choices in past roles, the situations Melchior encounters are very real to him and have to be played as such. Beyond that, Melchior goes through changes in tone throughout the show. Finding that balance and those changes have been both a joy and challenge throughout the rehearsal process.”
Despite the show’s mature content, Josh believes the overall message is an important one (plus Zach Braff agrees that it really is a wonderful show).
“The messages of education and open communication are vital and necessary regardless of the time period. The show can be a great starting point for families looking to begin a conversation about important issues we all face. Added to that is the great book and lyrics by Steven Sater and the infectious, catchy, rock score by Duncan Sheik. All of it comes together to form a beautiful and important show that I am so excited for audiences to see.”