Adam Marsh returns to the MPT stage as Warner Huntington III, Elle Woods' shallow, Harvard-bound boyfriend. Read on to find out what Adam thinks of his character, who inspired him to get into theatre, and what his dream job is.
Have you done a show with Middleton Players before? If so, which one(s)? If not, what made you audition for this season?
This has been my first season here! Crazy for You was my first show here and Legally Blonde is my second. I had a moment at the end of last year when I realized I needed theatre back in my life and I was lucky enough to be welcomed to the community by MPT and to find such a wonderful group of people to perform with.
How did you prepare for your MPT audition?
My excellent coach and voice teacher was a big part of that. Leslie Esser-Reitano helped me plan and prepare for my auditions and was the one who pointed me in the direction of MPT. I don’t actually remember what I sang for this audition but it must have been a pretty good choice!
What do you enjoy about your character? In what ways are you similar or dissimilar to your character?
There are some things about Warner that I respect. He’s honest and he speaks his mind. He believes in himself and his ability to achieve his goals. I like to think that we’re similar in those ways. I hope that’s it though – the guy is a self-centered, entitled jerk. Don’t be like Warner.
What do you do when you’re not performing/working in the theatre? Do you have a daytime job?
I’ve been working at Epic for the last seven years, but Friday, August 10th is my last day with that as my daytime job. After this show is over, my daytime life will be traveling through Italy for a little while on sabbatical, and then next month, figuring out my new life in New York City. I’ll still be employed by Epic as a consultant, and I’ll be looking for work as a performer as well.
What would you like audiences to know about this show?
The movie came out in 2001. Feel old yet?
What is your favorite theatre memory?
When I was 10 years old, I saw my first musical at Duluth Central High School. It was Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat directed by Liz Larson. I knew I had to be in theatre after that, and I was lucky enough to have Liz direct me in many shows afterward. She showed me what I was capable of and for that I will be forever grateful.
What was your strangest experience in theatre?
I rode an elevator with Josh Gad once.
What theatrical work best describes you?
Give us a fun fact about yourself—do you have any special/hidden talents?
I’m a damn good whistler. I’m hoping to get a job as a Disney bird.