Meet John Butcher ~ a.k.a. Roy, the accountant in Perth County Players April 2014 production of The Odd Couple
Where were you born? Toronto
At what age did you get involved in community theatre? I was 56 or was that 36?
What was your favourite role or show to be involved with? One of my favourite roles has been playing the real-life character Judge Biddle in the biographical play ‘Trying’. This role provided a tremendous opportunity for me to learn and grow both my skills and my confidence in my acting career. Tied with this as favourite roles, would have to include Father Casse-Cou in ‘Murderous Crossings’ and Mr. Fezziwig in ‘A Christmas Carol’. To pick only one favourite would be too difficult.
What is your dream role? A tough question as I love both drama and comedy. I have always been attracted to the supernatural genre and perhaps my favourite movie was the 1963 production of ‘The Haunting’ and playing Dr. Markway would be a dream role. Another dream role would be a role in ‘Young Frankenstein’, either Eyegor or Dr. ‘Frankensteen’ or the townsman who cries ‘footstops’.
When did you join PCP? I have been with PCP since the beginning in 2009
Your thoughts on this production. ‘The Odd Couple’ production has come together and moved forward quickly, a reflection of the abilities and cohesiveness of the cast and crew. We all work very well together and enjoy what we are doing with this show.
About Perth County Players:
In our 5th season, Perth County Players is thrilled to present their first play at Stratford City Hall, ‘The Odd Couple’, directed by Aaron Kropf. ‘The Odd Couple’ is known internationally as the hit comedy play by Neil Simon, later adapted into the infamous movie starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, followed by the Emmy winning TV show starring Jack Klugman and Tony Randall.
Many members of the community will be happy to see John Butcher back on stage with PCP after many years as a part of their dinner theatre cast as well as performing as Mr. Fezziwig in their latest production of A Christmas Carol this past December. Perth County Players welcomes Stratford newcomers from Toronto George Bertwell and Alex Stephens who will be playing the roles of Oscar and Felix respectively. George and Alex were both involved in community theatre in Toronto having crossed paths over the years. Both moved to Stratford last year not knowing the other had moved to the area. They met up again at the audition for The Odd Couple, very surprised to see the other one there. The cast also includes PCP favourites Leasa Barclay and Tania Harvey, the Pigeon sisters who live upstairs from Oscar and Felix. Rounding out the cast of 8 are Eric Russell Norcross as Murray the cop, Gary Horst as Vinnie, the mild-mannered, hen-pecked husband, and Bill Miller as the acerbic Speed.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at perthcountyplayers.com or in person at Sinclair Pharmacy, 12 Wellington Street, Stratford. Performances are at City Hall April 4, 5, 11 & 12 at 7:30pm and April 6 & 12 at 2pm.