Bob Sharpe is our current Orange Community Players President and is playing Ali Hakim in Oklahoma! Get to know Bob a little better…
1) How did you get involved with this production of OCP’s Oklahoma?
Bob Sharpe in the Spirits of Hillsborough Tour
I joined the OCP Board in the Fall of 2008 after appearing as Harold Hill, in their summer production of The Music Man . As a board member assist with all aspects of putting on a show, from auditions to directing and designing, to strike .. oh and fund raising … that never ends.
2) Have you ever performed in a musical before? If so, what?
Being a Theatre Arts major ( ECU ) and having spent almost 10 years after graduation pursing a career in theatre. I’ve been in over 30 musicals.
3) What is your favorite play/musical?
Some of my favorite shows include: Singing In the Rain/Rod,Chorus(dancing on stage, in the rain, what can I say), Man of La Mancha/Chorus (at NC Theatre,with Ira David Wood)., and Shenandoah/Chorus (at the ECU Summer Playhouse, starring Casper Roos, such a moving production.)
4) What is your “dream role?”
I’d say I have two favorites Grease/Danny, and Bye, Bye Birdie/Albert. … and I’ve been fortunate to play both.
5) What has been your favorite part of being involved in Oklahoma so far?
There’s always a great bunch of people involved in our summer productions. I love the energy and excitement of the kids, and I’m always excited to make a new friend.
6) What do you most look forward to about the show?
My character (Ali Hakim) is a great comedic role, with some terrific one liners. I’m looking forward to helping to audience have a good time!
7). What do you do in your “real” life? ie: job, hobbies, retired from?
After putting my ‘acting career’ on hold, I spent almost 20 years in retail advertising and merchandising. Now I work for Kaye Products, here in Hillsborough. We make walkers and other support apparatus for people with physical disabilities.
Orange Community Players was started in 2005 with a vision to provide quality theatrical productions in the Hillsborough community. Over the years participants have ranged from the ages of 5 to 80 as audiences have enjoyed more than thirty productions.
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