2017 Season

The 2017 Season! Our 80th Season!!

“The Glass Menagerie” directed by Nathan Miles (AACTFest 2017 Entry) - February 16-19, April 1, April 7 (Lafayette, LA)

“Once On This Island” directed by Chris Eubank - June 1-4, 8-11

Youth Performing Arts Workshop “Mulan, Jr.” directed by Sandy Goad and Ronnie Gray - July 20-23

“The 39 Steps” directed by Tyler Bunch - September 8-10, 14-16

Haunted House directed by Nathan Gibbs - October 20-21, 27-28, 31

“’Heaven Cent” directed by Robert Schumacher - December 14, 15, 16 (8 PM), December 17 (2 PM) TICKETS ON SALE!!

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Our 2018 Season has been announced, and auditions are scheduled for the first show of the 81st Season, "Flowers for Algernon", directed by Veronikka Sylvas!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Meet the actor...Nick Keele as "Jerry"

Edward Albee wrote "The Zoo Story" in 1958. Originally titled "Peter and Jerry", it explores themes of isolation, loneliness, social disparity and dehumanization in a commercial world. "Jerry" intrudes in "Peter's" quiet world, seeking to make contact with another person in the crowded city of New York.

Nick Keele plays the role of "Jerry". Nick has previously appeared on the Playhouse stage in "Company of Wayward Saints" and "Rabbit Hole", and "Murder Room" at NMJC.

How did you first get involved in theater?

I was introduced to theater by my friend, Evan Witkowski, when I auditioned for "Murder Room" at NMJC. I fell in love with it then, and have been doing it ever since.

What is your favorite aspect of creating a role?

The ability to take away from myself. Sort of as an escape from reality, and imagine myself in another life.

Of the previous roles you've played, what is your favorite and why?

"Jason Willette" from "Rabbit Hole". It was the first character I connected with emotionally and felt I could truly deliver on. "Jason" was an easy person to relate to, but I could see the differences between us based on what had happened to him.

Would you say that "Jerry" in "The Zoo Story" has been your most challenging role to date?

Yes, challenging is quite an understatement. He's so different from me that being in his place is fun, yet challenging to comprehend.

How do you feel about being in a competition show?

For being a "rookie" in theater, and Jerry being such an important role, it is fun, exciting, exhausting, stressful, and challenging. It is an honor to represent a work as important as "The Zoo Story" to Nathan.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Come see the show!

Please come out and support "Team Zoo Story". Proceeds from the show will support our team for their trip to Artesia.