|Jim Snideman (Doc) shares a laugh with his son (Dan Tarjeft as Butch) at Reverend Wooley's expense|
Without a doubt, Jim Snideman is a “character” and he admits that he is “usually drawn to character roles.” Barn patrons will definitely remember Jim’s portrayal of Trekkie Monster in Avenue Q, and Ickes and Wacky (among other roles) in Annie. So when he was cast as Doc Myers, the cantankerous country doctor in Leading Ladies, Jim thought it would be a nice change of pace, “since I am playing Doc essentially as myself. I am becoming more of a curmudgeon, as time goes by.”
In this show, Doc wears multiple hats. He constantly spars with Reverend Duncan Wooley (played by Mike Gingerella) and threatens to strangle his own patient, Florence Snider (Ellen Doman). He also doubles as the Chief Moose of the Shrewsbury Moose Lodge and plays Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night, the play-within-the-play. Doc freely imparts life wisdom to his son Butch (Dan Tarjeft) and dances the tango with “Stephanie” (Lance Alan). As Jim says, “While Doc doesn't have the most lines, those he does have, are, well … rollicking!"
Jim wanted to be in Leading Ladies because he was “hooked by the humor in the script.” Like author Ken Ludwig's other plays (Crazy For You, Lend Me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo), Jim thinks that "Leading Ladies is chock full o’ fast paced, wacky moments. Not to mention, a wacky cast, crew and a downright dandy set.”
One of the themes of Leading Ladies is love at first sight. I asked Jim if he could relate this to his own experience, and he replied, “In fifth grade, I bought a large, stuffed animal and covertly placed it in the front door of a crush. Alas, no puppy love was requited.” Jim’s philosophy on life is simply this: “Life is short. Enjoy it, while you can.” His credo is embodied in his favorite line from the script – said to Reverend Wooley: "It's called living Duncan. Sex. Living. Humor. Have you heard of these things?"
When not onstage or helping backstage (“I have spent many hours painting, dressing and tweaking the set for Leading Ladies”), Jim has been a lifelong modeler/tinkerer and enjoys collecting and building scale automobiles. He also admits to watching, reading, and creating sci-fi “to nerd/geek levels” and even speaks Klingon! He was an extra in a local sci-fi series, "InZer0", in 2006 and later served as the Art Director, Prop Master and Fabricator, and Set Dresser, for the production.
The Farmington Players' production of Leading Ladies opened November 28 and runs through December 20. The show is proudly sponsored by Cadillac Travel Group. Tickets can be purchased online at www.farmingtonplayers.org or by calling the box office at 248-553-2955.