Backstage at DPAC
Summary: DPAC (Durham Performing Arts Center) is North Carolina's center for live entertainment. From Broadway theatre, to concerts, comedy shows, and more, there's something for everyone at DPAC. On Backstage at DPAC, you’ll have the chance to go backstage and hear interviews and stories with the talent – the actors, directors, tour managers, and more - as well as the people inside DPAC who make it so special.
STOMP is like no other show on Broadway or that comes through DPAC. It's quirky to say the least, and there's no speaking...and yet it's such a fun experience that you have to see! Ivan Salazar is in the cast of STOMP, which will be at DPAC April 3rd-5th, and he talks all about his journey and what makes the show such an interesting and joyful event!
Fayetteville NC native and North Carolina School of the Arts graduate Alex Hairston is coming back to Durham in February to play Disco Donna in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, which will be at DPAC from February 25th to March 1st! On the show, Alex talks about growing up in North Carolina, how she deals with rejection, her pre-show and post-show routines, and what makes playing Disco Donna so unique.
Jeremy Benton and Kelly Sheehan have been dancing and singing on stage together for many years. They play Phil and Judy in Irving Berlin's White Christmas, which will be coming to DPAC December 3rd through 8th. On the show today, Jeremy and Kelly talk about how they got into musical theater, what makes White Christmas such a unique production, and mishaps that happen on stage. Tune in because these two have such amazing chemistry together!
Breia Kelley is a Durham native and just graduated from Elon in 2019. And her first job out of college is the national tour of A Bronx Tale, which is coming to DPAC November 5th through 10th. On the podcast today, Breia talks about how she got her start in acting, why she wrote "Broadway Bound" on her twitter bio five years ago, what she's looking forward to most about traveling, and what's so special about A Bronx Tale.
Josh Anderson has been the Technical Director of DPAC since it opened in 2008, and he has some amazing stories to tell (some he can share, and some he can't) about what goes on backstage. Find out what it's like being a technical director, what some of his favorite shows are, who he's been awestruck by, why comedies are some of the best shows, the challenges of working 16 hour days, and so much more!
Michael Callahan is the Dance Captain, Swing Captain, and understudy for just about every male character for Disney's Aladdin National Tour! Michael tells us all about his time at Elon, how he got into Aladdin, what life is like in the show, favorite things to do on tour, and his obsessions with coffee, comics, Beyonce, and Ali Wong!
Are you ready for Season 2 of Backstage at DPAC?!? We have an exciting lineup of guests ready to go, starting Tuesday September 24th! So be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Pandora, or wherever you listen, and we'll be in your feed with a new episode soon!
Wayne Leechford, Music Director at DPAC, is responsible for hiring all of the musicians when concerts, comedy shows, or Broadway tours need them. And sometimes he gets to play in the shows too! Find out how it all works - what shows usually bring their own musicians, how long the contract musicians at DPAC have to learn the music, how many instruments they typically play, what the coolest show Wayne has ever played was, and so much more!
Like Carole King, Raleigh NC native Danielle Summons' road to stardom hasn't always been "some kind of wonderful". From 2011 to 2017, Danielle struggled finding her place in New York City. But she always new that acting was her calling - and now, she's in the cast of "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical", which will be at DPAC May 7th to 12th. On the show today, Danielle talks about her journey, the musical, and what she loves about being on stage!
From Scar to Jafar, Jonathan Weir has played some of the most evil and most hated Disney characters! So if he gets booed at the curtain call, he knows he's done his job well! We talk to Jonathan today about his early acting experiences, keeping the show fresh after 700+ performances (!!), being the youngest of 10 children, and why everyone should go see Aladdin when it comes to DPAC October 2nd through 26th.
The 2019-2020 Broadway Season at DPAC has been announced, and we're so excited to share this season of magic with you. Today, we have two stars from the shows, Michael James Scott, who plays the Genie in Aladdin on Broadway, and Tee Boyich, original cast member of Mean Girls. Both of them came to the Season Announce Event recently, and we caught up with them backstage. Plus we bring back Jacob Holland, Johnson Lexus President's Club Membership Manager, to give his thoughts on the upcoming season.
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live, King for a Day, is coming to DPAC on April 6th, 2019, for two shows. And today, company manager of the show (and Durham native) Max Kaufman comes on to talk about why Daniel Tiger is so important, its message of kindness, and his career in theatre. Tickets for all of our shows are available at DPACnc.com, Ticketmaster, or the Blue Cross NC Ticket Center at DPAC.
Welcome to the first episode of Backstage at DPAC! Today's guest is Jacob Holland, the DPAC Johnson Lexus President’s Club Membership Manager. The reason he’s our first guest is because he absolutely epitomizes the spirit of DPAC. Jacob loves theatre more than anyone, is a walking encyclopedia of theatre and DPAC knowledge, and simply eats, sleeps, and breathes the arts. In fact, when he first came to a DPAC show when he was 14, he knew that one day he would work here.
Welcome to our new podcast, Backstage at DPAC! DPAC is located in the American Tobacco Historic District of downtown Durham NC, right by the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and within walking distance of incredible hotels, restaurants, and more. Our theatre has 2,700 seats and we host over 200 events a year. From Broadway shows, to concerts, comedy, family shows, and more – there’s something for everyone at DPAC. With everything that’s going on here, we thought it was time to take you backstage at DP