|A Stephen King by any other name...|
|... would still be very scary!|
When you’re named Stephen King, you’d better be able to command attention and respect. Like the legendary horror movie writer with the same name, our Stephen King is not someone to be trifled with. Steve is an accomplished martial artist with over 30 years experience, having earned his 6th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He also teaches at Olympian Tae Kwon Do in Canton and has studied fight choreography at The Action Film Academy in New York.
In A Christmas Carol, Steve’s main character is John Forster, Charles Dickens' best friend and confidant, who is a bit full of himself. In turn, Forster’s specialty is playing a number of ghosts, some of which are very scary indeed. Steve says “my favorite to play is The Ghost of Jacob Marley. I get to really let it loose and tell Scrooge what he is facing.” Other ghosts include the more jovial Ghost of Christmas Present, and silent yet scary Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. In addition, Steve portrays the Second Portly Gentleman (who solicits Scrooge for a donation), Dick Wilkins (young Scrooge's apprentice friend) and the Man with Handkerchief (an unsympathetic mourner).
Steve is well-suited to his roles and debuts with the Farmington Players after a 10-year absence from the stage. “A Christmas Carol is still very relevant today because there are a lot of ‘Scrooges’ out there in our world. Charles Dickens is saying you could still be well off but don't forget about the little guy. If it wasn't for Bob Cratchit, Scrooge couldn't operate.” Steve practices what he preaches as the Ghost of Jacob Marley: “I've always wanted to be an actor and can relate to Jacob Marley when he talks about remorse. But it's never too late to do what you want!”
To win free tickets to opening night of A Christmas Carol for a friend or family member, send an email by November 19th to AChristmasCarol@farmingtonplayers.org and tell us why they are deserving. (Scroll down to my November 1st blog entry for full details.) But don’t wait to buy your own tickets, which are going fast. Go to www.farmingtonplayers.org or call the box office at 248-553-2955. Find us on Facebook under "Farmington Players".