Monday, July 6, 2015

Spotlight On...Rhys Gilyeat

Name: Rhys Gilyeat

Hometown: Gilbert, AZ

Education: Private Study

Select Credits: Tarzan (MUNY), December '63, Four Seasons Tribute (Frankie), All Shook Up (Arizona Broadway).

Why theater?: I was fortunate enough to have been raised in theater, so for me it's as natural as breathing. As an adult I now appreciate it as the beautiful craft that it is, and not just a compulsion.

Who do you play in The Calico Buffalo?: The Chief of the buffalo tribe.

Tell us about The Calico Buffalo: TCB is a really beautiful modern fairy tale that reminds us of the importance of social inclusion and looking beyond the surface. It takes a sophisticated and universal topic and makes it accessible to everyone, reminding us quite simply that all of us are beautiful.

What is it like being a part of The Calico Buffalo?: It's been a wonderful experience, the producers have gathered a fantastic team and the cast bonded immediately from day one. Creativity is flowing rampantly in the rehearsal rooms.

What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: New musicals have always been my passion. I love being involved in new shows, getting to participate in the original creative process, from the ground up. I'm inspired constantly by my colleagues and fellow NYC performers. External inspiration comes from my constant travels and from a great love of literature.

Any roles you’re dying to play?: I'm dying to originate a role in a new show.

What’s your favorite showtune?: This is incredibly difficult. But Yazbek and Sheik are two composers that consistently resonate with me.

If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: Susan Stroman, David Yazbek.

If you could go back in time and see any play or musical you missed, what would it be?: This may be a cliche, but I'd probably choose the original cast of RENT, or the original Ragtime. They were both very significant parts of my teenage years.

What show have you recommended to your friends?: Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. A stunning piece of theater.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Books, In N Out Burger, the Astoria-Ditmars Taco Truck.

What’s up next?: I am constantly touring with my Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons Tribute DECEMBER '63 where I perform as the lead, and I am currently at work on a YouTube series that features myself and the works of new composers. Look for it in August. #OptionUp

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