By Kristopher Kyer
I’ve just returned from Boston, MA after spending a month directing, building sets, and starring as Captain Hook for PETER PAN. From start to finish it was a two week rehearsal period with all local talent. I had done summer stock years ago, MY FAIR LADY with Jane Powell, and GEORGE M with Ken Berry for the Kenley Players in Ohio. You rehearse one show in the daytime, and perform the other at night. STEPS OFF BROADWAY is a small 125 seat theater, doing 4 shows in 8 weeks for the very first time. The artistic director, Keith Mottola, had brought me in a year ago to direct and star in WILLY WONKA. Four years ago SIMI A.R.T.S got me out of hibernation (I hadn’t been on the stage for 19 years, as I owned an acting school). But that show has put me back on the boards, and I haven’t stopped since. If you ever have the opportunity to be a part of summer stock, you should do it. It is an incredible experience for any young performer.
Kristopher Kyer is a veteran Los Angeles actor who served as the youngest ringmaster in the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. He has starred in such VC productions as “The Music Man,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” and “Willy Wonka & Chocolate Factory.” His next appearance will be in “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” at the Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi (ARTS) (Oct. 26 – Dec. 1)