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April 23, 2009

Reflections of a Former Resident Actor

Filed under: Back Stage Blog — julianw @ 5:42 pm

(by Brian Bogstad, Former Charleston Stage Resident Actor)  The opportunity to create the character of Max Bialystock in this production has been both gratifying and humbling. Gratifying, because the comedic genius of Mel Brooks has always inspired me. From “The 2,000 yr old man,” to “Young Frankenstein” – I laugh, every time. I remember watching the original movie of “The Producers” starring Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder over and over again, captivated. A humbling experience because of this amazing role (Vic, this is my Atticus), and the talented people in this production. This show has been a huge, yet rewarding undertaking for all involved. It still amazes me how people can inspire one another in the creative process.Almost a decade ago, as a resident actor I learned some very important lessons. One of them being, the people make the difference.  Here at Charleston Stage it’s proven time and again, with every production. Where would we be as a society without this craft to show us glimpses of ourselves, and each other?I thank everyone I’ve had the chance to hit the boards with on this production.  You are all amazing.To the six individuals I’ve had the opportunity to watch this season, it has been a blessing to work with you. I have been where you are now, and if I must lend advice, here it goes.  Stay humble (it’s a shorter fall). Stay hungry, never sell yourself short. You have all been given this passion for a reason, so even in hard times, don’t question it. One day you will look back on the friendships you developed and the fun times you had and the crazy life you led and wonder how you got where you are. But as much as you have experienced, it’s only the beginning.And lastly, Marybeth Clark will always give sound advice, and she’s always right.I love you all and remember, “there’s a lot more to you than there is to you!” 


(Brian Bogstad as Max Bialystock)



(Brian Bogstad as Max Bialystock) 

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