Sunday, August 29, 2021

another Lakewood Theater actor on Olive Street

Though just for a brief stay, rumor has it that one more Lakewood Theater actor can now be added to our list of "slept here" plaques to be put up in our guest houses here on Olive Street... 

Welcome Art Meneses, the titular charector in Scapino*, currently playing at Lakewood.  Art appeared on the Lakewood stage in the late 1990's and then returned in 2018 for roles in Incorruptible, and The Legend of Georgia McBride.  He's been back on stage at Lakewood every year since!  This season he could also be seen in Drinking Alone, and made his directorial debut with Mid Summer.

The Lakewood season will close following Who's in Bed with the Butler?  which runs from September 9th to September 19th; but as my vision goes for making Olive Street a place for actors, artists, and their families, I am pretty proud that we've been able to have as our guests this season, four of the finest. 

We hope all our legendary Lakewood folk that spent time with us this year will stay with us again next, and beyond; especially after we get the community space at the Tower House all jazzed up for you! 

*Tucker Atwood and Jakob Sutton also have roles in this production you may recall. Read more about Scapino in the previous post my favorite Lakewood Theater actor on Olive Street

Sunday, August 22, 2021

my favorite Lakewood Theater actor on Olive Street

As I wrote in the "Swampy" post within this very blog (April 2019) "All of his summers since 2011 have been spent around the Lakewood Theater. He was part of several Young Performers/Teen, Tech & Tour performances, and has now also appeared in nearly a dozen main stage productions. Additionally he ushers regularly, and sometimes works backstage.  He has acted, directed and stage managed with/at/for several other companies as well, but it is clear that Lakewood is his favorite and there's no place he'd rather be.[other than Salamanca Spain perhaps] He intends to be a part of the Lakewood community for a long, long, very long time indeed."  

This is my son Jakob. (So perhaps I may seem biased about him being my favorite.)

He's here again for another season; ushering and being a Shanty Man, as well as recently adding spotlight operator for  Bullshot McCrummond  to his Lakewood list of experiances. This week he'll be on the stage again, bringing another charector to life in his portrayal of Leo, a mob boss's son in  Scapino

The Lakewood Theater website describes the show as follows:  "In this hilarious update of Moliere’s classic farce, disgraced lawyer Scapino returns to Naples, Florida after serving jail time for helping a mob family.  Though Scapino tries to put his past behind him, family pressure, old grudges, and the allure of new love all conspire to lead him back into trouble. Marx brothers meet the Three Stooges."

Come see Jakob and his other incredible cast mates (including our Perkins House artist in residence, Tucker Atwood) in this production that runs August 26th - September 4th (no performances on Monday or Tuesday) Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here, at the box office during open hours, or by calling 474- 7176