John West was a true novice when he started with Candlelight Theatre in 2014.
“The biggest challenge for me is I hadn’t acted before in any capacity ever,” West said. “It was a way to break out for me and do something out of my comfort zone. I’m really glad I did as I’ve loved all the productions I’ve been in since. It has also been a great outlet for me to get away from the stresses of work.”
The Noblesville resident will play the role of Henry Robbins in “The Photograph Album,” one of three one-act, 30-minute plays called “Murder in Triplicate” at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, 1230 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis, from April 13 to 28. Candlelight Theatre is the site’s resident company. The plays were written by resident playwright James Trofatter.
“I’m enjoying this role as it is actually quite different from my past roles,” West said. “My past roles have been more comedic or exaggerated. This role is a much more serious role than I’ve played in the past, and also much larger. It has definitely been a challenge memorizing the larger part as well as making sure I’m playing the role with the weight it needs for this particular story.”
Donna Wing, Candlelight Theatre creative director and Geist resident, is acting in the play, “Betsy,” and directing “The Companion.”
“Staging three plays that are consistent in theme, similar in length, small in cast and are conducive to being performed within the confines of museum space are always the greatest challenges,” Wing said. “Candlelight Theatre actors are also challenged with having to perform to an audience who is within inches of the set. There are no curtains, stage lights or multiple entrances. The salon is the setting, and actors must quickly create the illusion that the audience and the cast are in separate spaces.”
Her daughter-in-law, Heather Wing, a Fishers resident, is an actress and director with Candlelight Theatre. Heather is playing Elizabeth Robbins, Henry’s sister.
“I really enjoy this character,” Heather said. “Beth is very lighthearted but also shows a very passionate and emotional side throughout the performance. I believe she is someone that our audiences will easily relate to.”
Heather has worked with other theater companies in the past but has worked only with Candlelight Theatre since she became involved six years ago.
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