Another show has closed. Another chapter written. Another set of people that I can’t wait to work with again. “Sister Act – The Musical” at Port Tobacco Players, even though its community theater and not professional theater, reinforced what I had learned in college and showed me that I can do this. CURTIS JACKSON, the murderous married man in Deloris’ life, brought me out of the sweet and teddy bear stigma that I’m used to be categorized in. Most people don’t’ see me as being evil or mean or threatening, but after playing this character, that outlook has changed. People would say “You were scary”, “Your facial expression really played to the character’s psychotic nature”, or “I really hated you by the end of the show”. These are things that an actor wants to hear if they are playing the bad guy.
I had a great group of gangsters to work with. Archie Parker, JR Cook, and Dominic Delcoco played TJ, JOEY, and PABLO, respectively. These guys would steal the show during their number “Lady In The Long Black Dress”, though the Nuns would steal it right back. But through these guys, we developed a family within our gang. We would have a saying, "Are you ready to be gangsta?" and the response would be "I'm always gangsta!". Finally we were able to get a mean-mugging photo. Even though after this, we lost composure.
I’ve learned about myself during this show. I always second guess myself. I’ve developed more confidence in myself and my abilities as an actor and as a singer. I’m honored to have shared the stage with these wonderful people. When the director, Ben Simpson, asked me if I would accept the role of CURTIS, at first, I didn’t think he was serious. But once I started to walk in CURTIS’ skin, I developed my inner Shaft!
Here’s a slide show of some photos from the show. Enjoy!!
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If nothing else, the performance of Kenneth L. Waters, Jr. make this a must-see experience. Waters portrays Mitch, the “comfort counselor.” Mitch is completing his community service hours by performing this job at the Bee. Waters was so convincing that I first wondered if he was just really this type of character in real life. The major brilliance of the performance by Waters is fully revealed when he also play the one of fathers to one of the characters. Waters transforms from knife-wielding thug to cake-baking nurturer. Waters even further shows his amazing technique and skill when he briefly plays a different character’s father and just as seamlessly transforms into a third, completely different character. Waters demonstrated strong vocals and he has an especially rich and pleasing tone. Overall, one of the best performances that I have seen in local theater." - a review on 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee with Tantallon Players from Showbiz Radio