We asked Marc a few questions about himself and the show……
What’s going to surprise people about this show?
I think that for anyone who hasn’t seen the Sondheim/Lapine take on these fairy tales, they will be surprised by how dark the stories actually are. James Lapine, when writing the book, went back to the original 19th Century source material and they didn’t pull punches back then! If you only know Disney’s Cinderella, you might be surprised by all the blood!
Call someone out by name: who must come see this production?
I’m going to be super selfish and call out the maestro Stephen Sondheim. I’ve been in the same room with him a few times and was nearly brought to tears because I regard him so highly. I really just want to meet him and tell him how brilliant I think he is.
What’s the biggest challenge about taking on this role? The biggest challenge I’m having right now is getting the rhythm and character of the original Baker’s voice out of my head. Chip Zien has not only a distinctive voice, but also a distinctive pattern of speech. I’m such a mimic and I’ve been listening to it for nearly 30 years. It’s hard to not go into automatic mode and just be Chip.
Besides yourself, what celebrity would you like to see tackle this character?
He’s a little too old and I’m not sure if he can sing, but I would love to see Sean Connery play the Baker. If anyone else wants to see that, just let me know. As I said, I’m a mimic. I think that along with Carol Channing, he’s one of my best impersonations.
Without giving anything away, what’s your favorite line of dialogue?
“I guess it will take the two of us to have this child.”
If you could play any other character in this show, who would it be?
If I could play any other character in this show, I would want to play the witch. I need to be fierce! Plus, she really gets to feel all the feels. How fun must that be?
When did you first perform?
I first performed in the 7th grade. I played a king who had a daughter with a birthmark on the bottom of her foot. I have no idea what show it was or what the rest of the plot was. The next year was my first musical performance…H.M.S. Pinafore. I was in the chorus but knew everyone else’s parts by heart.
Besides this one, what’s your favorite stage show?
My favorite stage show is Les Miserables. When the 1st national tour company sat in Boston for the more than a year they were there, I saw it at least 6-8 times. I have since lost count of how many times I’ve seen it. It definitely nears 20. I’m so proud to have been able to portray Jean Valjean last summer.
Who do you look up to as an actor?
One of my favorite actors is someone I consider to be the quintessential everyman. I often say that he should play me in the movie of my life. It’s Paul Giamatti. Have you seen the John Adams mini-series? Mother of Jefferson Davis he’s good!
What’s your perfect Sunday afternoon look like?
My perfect Sunday afternoon would be during football season. The Patriots and/or the Packers would be playing and winning handily, and I’d have my ukulele in hand…strumming happily and without care.
If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next?
I really NEED to tackle George in Sunday In the Park With George before I get too old. I REALLY relate to that character and would love to live in his shoes.
What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage / the curtain goes up?
The last thing I do before stepping on stage is breathe. Hopefully, I’ve done all the other work to know where I’m coming from and what I want to accomplish. A good, deep breath calms and centers me.
Marc Montminy was born and raised 25 miles NNW of Boston, MA, in the city of Lowell. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts, did a season of summer stock on the cape, and then moved to Chicago where he actually got paid to do theater. After 30+ years of cold and snow, he was called to the beaches of Orange County. Other favorite Sondheim roles he’s played include Sweeney Todd, Fredrik in A Little Night Music, and Charles Guiteau in Assassins. Marc lives with his husband Jason and their 13-year old Dalmatian, known throughout the land as “the spotted tornado,” Emma.
Into the Woods opens Friday, February 26 with festivities such as complimentary dessert treats themed especially for Into the Woods by Chef Chuck Doherty and a discussion with director Aurora Culver and music director Jared Pugh. Get your seat reservations soon as opening night sells out.
Trivia Contest for Free Tickets to opening night of Into the Woods and more begins Monday, February 8 and ends Monday, February 22.
Each day that you answer a trivia question correctly is another opportunity to win. Contestant must have LIKED the OTE facebook page in order for entry to count.
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Into the Woods, by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine has the following performances: February 26th at 7 p.m.; February 27th at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; March 4th at 7 p.m.; March 5th at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and March 6th at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $15 General admission
*Parental Guidance recommended for children 13 and under due to adult themes.*
Children 12 and under free with paying adult.
To reserve your seats, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (949)689-3922.
Tickets are available for purchase online at the Laguna Hills Community Center (class registration), or by purchasing them (Cash only) at the door on performance days. Personal checks and credit cards will not be accepted for ticket purchases at the door.
Director: Aurora Culver
Assistant Director: Josefine Damgaard
Music Director: Jared Pugh
Stage Manager: Michelle Lane
Featuring the talents of Marc Montminy, Claire Perry, Maggie Goodman, Anthony Kairouz, Rebecca Rubino, Dawn Doherty, Chris Hunter, Chris Diem, Teri Griffin,
Roger Sloan, Megan Demarchi, Nancy Higley, Tiffanie Battram, Katie Diem, Matt Acuña, Jadee Sumner, Jim Pack, and Kaleigh Krieger.
The City of Laguna Hills partners with On The Edge Theatre Productions to bring live theatrical performances to the Laguna Hills Community Center.
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