Today, we shine the spotlight on Brad Satterwhite, who is a featured dancer in our upcoming production of Sweet Charity.
This is Brad’s second season working with Hillbarn. Last year he played Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps, and Hal in Proof. He is also an author, and writes under the pen name Hal Emerson.
What inspired you to accept a role in Sweet Charity?
I love working with the creative folks at Hillbarn, and when I heard they were doing “Charity” I knew it would be a good production. It’s been great getting to work with our director, Erica, as well – her love for the show really shines through.
What do you think the audience will be discussing on their way home after seeing Sweet Charity?
The amazing Frug, of course.
What is your favorite scene in the show? Why?
My favorite scene is the elevator scene with Oscar and Charity at the end of Act 1, purely based on the performance of David (Oscar) and Monique (Charity). I always watch the scene from backstage – cracks me up every time.
Who would you most like to be stuck in an elevator with?
Not Oscar Linquist.
How did you get started in theatre?
I’ve been doing theatre since I was in middle school, actually. I’ve always had a great time with it and I love the stories, though I didn’t at first. My middle school director had to get my mom to twist my arm before I agreed to do that first show, but once I was in I was hooked. I’ve done a lot of Shakespeare, which is my first love, but musicals come in a close second.
What do you love about performing on stage?
I love the energy the audience gives you. Film acting is harder, because it’s all stop and start and you’re looking for single perfect shots – stage performing is much more fulfilling because it’s a journey you go on together with the audience, and it’s different every night. Hearing people react and seeing them moved is the greatest feeling.
What is your favorite and most memorable role you ever played? Why?
Probably Richard Hannay in “The 39 Steps.” It was the most physically demanding part I’ve ever played (Hannay is onstage almost the entire show and usually running around, diving, jumping, or otherwise trying to escape the nefarious villain) and it’s also a ridiculously funny script. Under the direction of the great Hunt Burdick and working with the rest of the cast (Russ Ward, Ross Neuenfeldt, and Elspeth Noble) it was one of the funniest shows I’ve ever had the chance to be a part of.
It is common knowledge that you are an author and you write under the pen name of Hal Emerson. Tell us a little more about that.
I write scifi/fantasy fiction when I’m not acting and I publish digitally through Amazon (Kindle), iBooks, and Barnes and Noble (Nook). There are five books our currently and two more on the way. The first one is free (The Prince of Ravens) so check it out if you have a chance! Also feel free to hit my website (www.halemerson.com) for information and links.
Don’t miss your chance to see Brad Satterwhite in Sweet Charity May 5-29, at the historic Hillbarn Theatre in Foster City. Tickets available at hillbarntheatre.org