John’s acting career started at about the same time as his musical one did, although it took a back seat to music the theatre followed John around like a puppy in the shadows. One of John’s earliest parts was as a tin soldier in the musical production of Cinderella at the Houston Theatre Center then later that year as Little Boy Blue in Babes in Toyland. After that brief stint with Theatre, John’s career in acting was to take a hiatus for quite a while.
Later on in high school John was to become involved in theatre under one of the most superb Drama Coaches to touch his life. June Smith was not only an excellent teacher but was also an incredible Director. Under her tutelage John performed in several shows. In “Once Upon a Mattress” he was the Minstrel one of the main principles. In “Gypsy” he performed as Tulsa one of the dancing boys early on in the show. A production of music and poetry was produced at Bellaire High School called “Carl Cole and Company” a mixture of Cole Porter music and Carl Sandburg poetry. That summer a production was created strictly of Cole Porter Music for summer stock featuring John and four other top performers called “A Cole Porter Review”. The next year a very intense play was performed based on the book “The Me Nobody Knows” and later on that year “Jacque Brel is Alive and Well” was performed by the same four performers from the Cole Porter Review. Those years touched John and left him bitten by the Theatre bug, but the bug had to wait for another long time.
After many years of performing as a Musician professionally John was approached by Jonathan Beller in Flagstaff AZ to be in a production of HAIR, for the Other Society Theatre group, John opened the show as Ron with Aquarius and performed several solo songs as well as in the chorus. Two years later he was approached by Beller to do Jesus Christ Superstar and performed in the part of Judas. John was always fascinated with Fiddler on the Roof and the character Tevye, so needless to say when auditions for a production by Flag Light Opera were announced he gave it a shot and landed the role of Tevye. with an outstanding cast and production crew the show was a hit. It was to be the last time John would perform in theatre for quite a few years.
After moving to Durango CO John’s musical career took a back seat to his two youngest children but in 2012 a production of Fiddler on the Roof was announced and the theatre bug bit John again. After the auditions, it came down to three people and after a call back and a second audition, John once again would become Tevye. The production was produced by Sandstone Production in Farmington New Mexico and was performed at an incredible outdoor amphitheatre. It would prove to be an incredible cast and production crew thanks to people like Theresa Carson the director others of equal prowess the show was a huge hit. Afterwards John has appeared in a couple of ten minute plays at Durango Art Center but at present the bug is laid to rest and has not risen it’s head.