|Dave Reinke IS the Stage Manager, Lou Cohn|
Sometimes it’s hard to play yourself on stage, but sometimes the shoe fits so well, it’s hard not to. When Dave Reinke first heard that the Farmington Players were performing The 1940’s Radio Hour, he approached director Rachael Rose about being the stage manager. In the past 25 years, Dave has stage managed over 30 productions including 12 at the Barn. As Dave recalls, “Stage managing is one of my favorite jobs backstage. In speaking to Rachael she instead encouraged me to audition for the part of Lou Cohn, the Stage Manager in the play. In reading the script I fell in love with the character because I could relate to him. It was basically me in the 1940s.”
Although Dave is comfortable playing a role that is so close to himself, he has developed Lou’s character and sees him as the “entrepreneur’s entrepreneur. Big shot. Always trying to impress Ginger, the waitress whose job here Lou is responsible for. Keeps four or five conversations going at once, and all of them straight. The surrogate boss during rehearsals which he conducts. Officious and obnoxious sometimes. Hardass about the seriousness of his job.” While other characters may aspire to stardom, Dave says that “Lou has no ambitions to be anything else but stage manager. He is perfectly content with a job that has plenty of authority and no responsibility. Cues the audience, Clifton, the band, the performers, performs the sound effects, runs the lights and controls all of the stage ‘effects’.”
Like a real stage manager, Dave faces the challenge of “keeping aware of everything going on as if I was the stage manager of the show. I also do sound effects as a stage manager for a radio show of that era would be in charge of, so I have to always be on top of things.” The radio show setting also appealed to Dave because he studied Broadcasting at Central Michigan University and took some history of broadcasting/radio classes. Dave loves the chance to work with this director, cast and crew, and said “It's been great working with both old and new friends. It is such an ensemble cast.”
Dave developed his love for stage management at the Purple Rose Theatre Companies Apprenticeship program. He has been an active member of the Barn since 2003 where he has stage managed such shows as Noises Off, The Producers, A Christmas Story and A Christmas Carol. Dave’s acting credits include Taming of the Shrew (Barn), Moon Over Buffalo (SRO) and A Man For All Seasons (Birmingham Village Players). He works in Customer Service for a manufacturing facility and is the proud father of Adam, Hailey, & Brianna.
The 1940s Radio Hour opens November 30th and runs through December 22nd. Reserved seats for this musical comedy sponsored by Weinstein Jewelers are available now at www.farmingtonplayers.org or at the box office (248) 553-2955.