Welcome to The Wardrobe Dinner Theatre. As we count down toward Opening Day, today we’d like to introduce you to a member of the Sheridan family. Alex is a master at the trumpet and also directs the band. Let’s welcome this talented young man to center stage for a few minutes.
Thanks. I don’t usually get the spotlight. In fact, the band often feels invisible, probably because our orchestra pit is located underneath the main stage.
If you’re out of sight from the audience anyway, why not save the money on musicians and use recorded music?
That’s a question we get asked a lot, but live music adds an extra energy to everything that happens at the theater both onstage and off.
We talked to one of the actresses last week and she said she hoped you knew how to set the right speed for each song so that the dancers could stay on beat. Could that be a problem?
Hmm. Well, after several years of playing in the band, I certainly hope I know how to keep a steady beat by now. Not to mention I’ve got an electronic metronome to help. But if the dancers want to complain, I could always double-time it during a rehearsal just for fun.
That would be interesting to watch. (Laughter) What else do you do beside play the trumpet and direct the band?
I’m also a college student wrapping up my master’s degree in business. Meanwhile, I handle most of the marketing for the theater and am starting to take over some of the financial big picture items from my mom. She still handles the day-to-day ticket sales as well as helps my dad with any human resources issues.
That sounds like a lot of work.
Actually, I’m living my dream. To make a living in show business, entertain hundreds of guests with a great show, and get to do it all as part of our family? Can’t get much better than that.
Except maybe working on that next generation to carry on the Sheridan name. Do you have a special lady in your life?
Um, not yet. But I’m looking forward to meeting her some day. Hopefully soon.
Well, we’re certainly looking forward to the upcoming season at The Wardrobe.
Folks, it’s not too late to pre-order your ticket, er, copy of Dance Over Me, so you are ready when the doors open next week. Reserve your front row seat here.
(And don’t forget to email a copy of your pre-order confirmation to Candee [at] CandeeFick [dot] com to be entered in a drawing for a bonus signed copy of Catch of a Lifetime.)