Welcome to The Secret Garden

Secret Garden Promo

To all of you who happened upon my little blog page after seeing The Secret Garden, WELCOME!  For the moment this is just a blog page while I build my actual website.  I truly hope you enjoyed your visit to The Secret Garden.

The show holds a very special place in my heart.  When I graduated high school in 1991, my mother gave me my first trip to see Broadway shows in New York City as a gift.  I saw three shows; The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, and The Secret Garden.  As wonderful as all of the shows were, there was something magical about The Secret Garden.  I will never forget hearing Lily’s Eyes for the first time…as I watched tears stream down the faces of Howard McGillan and Robert Westinberg.  From that moment, I have dreamed of being able to sing that song for an audience.  This year, that dream came true thanks to the amazing Joe Sturgeon trusting me with the role in his production here at Artisan Center Theater.  I hope the shows themes resonate with you as they have with me.  Please feel free to share how it made you feel in the comments below.  Good or bad!

“This is your home.  And this, my lovely child, is YOUR garden.”

-E. Scott Arnold


We’ll Go Down To That Crawdad Hole


So, just like that we are over half way through the run of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.  I have no idea where the time went!  This has been a really fun run of a show.  Which is a nice thing, because a new adventure awaits.

I am now announcing that after nearly a year of unemployment, American Airlines has hired me back.  I will be going into the Crew Scheduling department.  It’s a challenge that I am pretty excited about, but there are some things that are going to change in my life.  This position will leave a lot of uncertainty in the way my life is scheduled, so The Adventures of Tom Sawyer may be my last show for a while.  The first thing that will happen is that I have to move to Pittsburgh, PA for about six months.  Anyway, I will go into details about this new position on a future post.  For now, I appreciate any good thoughts or prayers that I will be able to continue my theatrical side as well!

I have a couple of travel adventures coming up, though!  There will be a quick trip back to Orlando to see a premier of the new live-action Disney film, Cinderella.  I am heading down right after we close Tom Sawyer.  I am also putting together another theater trip to NYC.  I have some FUN surprises in store for you on that trip!  So, stay tuned!

Here is a little something about theater that any of you non-actors may not know.  Many times, some of the most exciting moments of a show come out of sheer happenstance.  In Tom Sawyer, during the song ‘Wayfaring Stranger’, I have a really exciting moment in the second verse that came about by accident.  One day before rehearsal I was running through music here at home.  I decided to toy with popping up the octave for the second verse..something definitely outside of my normal ‘musical theater’ styling.  This was going to be much more American Idol than I normally sing. At rehearsal that night, I told Joe (the writer/director of our Tom Sawyer) that I thought I might be able to pull it off.  We didn’t have time to rehearse it in advance (which would have been my preference!  You know…just in case I STUNK at it!) so he said to go ahead and try it during the normal run through.  Well, that is a bit nerve-wracking!  The first time you are going to attempt something like that is going to be live in front of your cast and whomever else is hanging out in the theater that night.  Anyway, as the moment came, I threw caution to the wind and just wailed it to the heavens.  Suddenly I hear behind me my cast start cheering.  Wow…what a wonderful experience!  So, we kept it in the show.  And now every night, the audience seems to react in a similar (if quieter…it is the theater after all) manner.  Its an exciting moment for me.  Something outside my comfort zone.  Something that people aren’t expecting to hear from Muff Potter.  And all coming from one thought in my bedroom and a quick ‘Hey, can I try this?’ moment with the director.  The creative process is truly a wonderful thing.  You never know when these moments may come…

OK.  That’s it for now.  Thanks for reading.  To those of you who are visiting after seeing Tom Sawyer, first of all, THANK YOU.  Please feel free to comment about the show here.  If you haven’t seen it yet, well, come on down and join us!  I look forward to meeting each and every one of you!

-E. Scott

Preview Night

Well, here we are. Backstage before another preview night. Tonight we put The Adventures of Tom Sawyer on it’s feet. This will be the first time this cast has gone through the show without stopping. So, say a little prayer!

It’s always exciting, this crazy feeling before you put yourself on the line. Wondering why you do it…

Well. Time for a mic check then we take off.

Merde, everyone.

Down To The River To Pray

Well, time to talk about another show. I didn’t write at all about my time doing the role of Roger Strong in ‘Catch Me If You Can’ at Theatre Coppell. Suffice to say, I loved it! Now I am back at Artisan Center to play Muff Potter in Joe Sturgeon’s adaptation of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. It’s a play with music…most of which I will be singing. So, if you want to get to hear my take on folk music, get your tickets now. I am single cast in this one so you can see me at every performance.

I did a Broadway trip two weekends ago. I was able to see my amazing and talented friend Arbender Robinson go on as Marius in Les Miserables. I also saw Sting’s The Last Ship and Matilda. It was a perfect weekend of Broadway!

This is a short update with the promise of more to come. Thanks for reading. I leave you with the image of my The Last Ship Playbill…autographed by Sting himself!


The Tarzan Chronicles – Part Four: Another Week in the Jungle

This weekend I will tie my longest length of time doing one show as we hit the 5 week mark. The previous record was in Jekyll and Hyde at Theatre Winter Haven. However, I did have many more actual performances in the previous record. At Artisan, you only get 3 shows a week because of the double casting. I guess by the end of the run I should be pretty close on with the two. I wonder if I have the performance schedule for J&H somewhere to see? Hmmm. I am really having to work harder on keeping my voice in shape to last. Roaring as Kerchak takes it’s toll on the vocal chords!

The last week of shows was nice in the fact that I had visitors at each show. Tonight, my old AA work friends Katie, Mikel, and Erma came to see the show. Tuesday, the amazing Mark Miller stopped by. For someone of his stature to come and see my work when there are so many other bigger and higher profile shows going on is quite flattering. I was also visited by the uber talented Kyle Montgomery. He is currently in Uptown Player’s fantastic production of The Boy From Oz. I had the pleasure of working with him on ICT (now MILC, I guess)’s production of Urinetown. He is one of those class acts that I know will go far, so watch for him! Then, last Saturday, my friend of many years from Disney in Florida, Aron, surprised me and showed up with his family that live near by. So, it was a nice week for seeing friends in the audience.

It’s hard to believe I only get to do this show 7 more times. If you haven’t seen us, come on by. Say Hi. We would love to have you!

Dallas/Fort Worth Theater Bursting at the Seams!

I cannot remember any time when we have had SO MUCH good and/or innovative theater playing at the same time. Summer 2014 may go down as the time when local theater finally got noticed on a more global scale.

Obviously I am partial to the work we have done bringing Disney’s Tarzan to the confines of the Artisan space. I am quite proud of the acting work I have done and continue to do as Kerchak. That being said…

Friday night I caught the regional premier of The Boy From Oz at Uptown Players. This is the first time it has been done in the United States since it was on Broadway…AND…the only other production was the Australian arena tour. The show is simply fantastic. A show to put Uptown on the map. A star-making performance by a guy named Alex Ross in the lead role. You just cannot miss this performance, it is THAT good.

I just caught a performance of the Kopit & Yeston PHANTOM. I saw Casa Mañana’s production back in the 90’s and loved it and was very excited to see what MILC had done. Their use of projections was great. The first time I have seen that effect used at a community theater on that scale. Really a class act production.

Tonight, I am putting away my doubts and am going to watch the highly controversial production of LES MISERABLES at Dallas Theatre Center. It has garnered world-wide recognition and I just have to judge for myself.

Wednesday, I am going to Watertower Theatre to see the regional premier of DOGFIGHT. A musical that ran off-Broadway last year and won the Lucille Lortel award for Best New Musical.

And that’s just a sampling! So much theater and just not enough time…so get out and see a show!

Another Day Trip! Part 2

So…today I took the opportunity of some open flights to head up to the City to catch the ah-maze-ing Sutton Foster in the musical, Violet, before it closes in a week and a half.

I took the 6am flight into LGA and after a bus ride into the City, had a nice lunch at Playwright’s Tavern over on 8th Avenue. I chose their shepherd’s pie, which I happen to really like and finished with some raspberry sorbet. Very yummy!

Then it was off to the American Airlines Theatre to see VIOLET. This was another chance to visit a Broadway theater that I had never been in before! It is a beautiful old space that had a modern building built around it, so you get the charm of the old and the amenities of the new.

A side note: Am I the only one who sees the irony of a show at the American Airlines Theatre has a storyline where a girl takes a life changing trip…BY BUS?!?! Maybe I am weird. Don’t comment on that.

The show had some amazing voices! The staging was very unique, especially since most of the action takes place on a bus. They pulled this off without trying to create the real thing. It was a beautiful show, and I wish that Theatre Arlington would put it on a future season. It would be PERFECT in that space!

After the show, it was on to my new favorite thing…the NJ Transit train with it’s EWR stop! It has made getting in and out of the city a breeze. Truly a game changer! Now I write this from row 30 on a 737 as we work our way back to DFW.

“I’m On My Way…”

Until next time!