Interview by Ellie Osborne
PHOTO: l-r KARIN PAGE HENDERSON, ERIC HENDERSON, DAN KIRICHOK, VICTORIA KIRICHOK
(Middleboro) For the two couples co-starring in Nemasket River Productions next offering “Living Together” (Part Three of Alan Acykbourn’s The Norman Conquests) opening on Friday, October 20th at 8 PM at the Alley Theater, 133 Center Street, Middleboro, working on a play is an enjoyable escape from their regular jobs and the responsibilities of parenting.
Victoria Kirichok grew up in Brockton, a city with an outstanding high school drama program, and remembers her first theater experience when she appeared in an original Musical Lip-Sync produced by a student teacher; from then on she was hooked on performing. She attended and graduated from Marist College in upstate New York as English major, and although the college had no theater program at that time, she loved playing the role of a mistress in a production of “Evita”. Since college she has worked with the Milton Players, the Hingham Music Theater (as well as with NRP in last spring’s play “Leading Ladies”) and has just finished producing and directing for the Shoveltown 10 Minute Play Festival. Victoria and her husband have always supported each other’s projects, but this is the first time in sixteen years that they have appeared together in a production.
“The role of Ruth is a departure for me because I have never played such a cold,
business-like and authoritative character, and I am enjoying the challenge,” Victoria added
during a recent rehearsal. She has found Nemasket River Productions a very welcoming
group and loves working with NRP Artistic Director, Merrie Mizaras, Director Bob Gillet as well as the cast and crew.
“Playing Norman requires portraying a man who seriously wants everyone to be
happy, but despite his best intentions he manages to cause mayhem without realizing the ramifications of his bad actions,” explained Dan who is delighted with the role. Growing up in Tolland, Connecticut , he never participated in theater, but after meeting Victoria, he stepped out on a stage in a production of “The Wizard of Oz” and has worked in theater ever since. He has also appeared in Milton, Hingham and with the Walpole Footlighter’s Theater and in 2015 was a cast member of the NRP’s fall show “Death Trap”. When not acting the couple live in Brockton with their children, Victoria works for Ikea and Dan is employed by the Acushnet Company.
The Hendersons have been a part of the trilogy cast since the beginning and for the
third time are recreating the roles of Tom, a shy vet, and Annie, the caregiver to her
insensitive mother. Karin grew up in Weymouth, graduated from Bridgewater State
University with a B.A. in English and Education, earned her Master’s Degree in Reading and
is employed as a teacher by the Bridgewater Public Schools.
While working at the Priscilla Beach Theater in Plymouth she met Eric who grew up in Bridgewater, graduated from Bridgewater-Raynham High School and attended Bridgewater State for two years. Eric then worked for the Priscilla Beach Theater in all capacities finally becoming Artistic Director. Under the tutelage of PBT Director Geronimo Sands they gained artistic discipline, professionalism and passion for theater. They have always enjoyed working together and established the Lighthouse Theater Workshop in Kingston.
Eric has acted and directed for NRP in the past and has won over audiences with his portrayal of the repressed Tom. His dead pan expression projects the character’s literal take on everything and his clear lack of understanding as to what is actually happening. Karin loves the subtlety of her character and the opportunity of maintaining it over a three year period.
NRP audiences won’t want to miss the concluding chapter of “The Norman
Conquests-Living Together” by Alan Ayckbourn being presented in the round by a most
talented cast providing a much needed evening of comedic situations, surprising outcomes
and lots of laughs.
Living Together” opening on Friday, October 20th at the Alley Theatre, 133 Centre Street, Middleboro and continuing October 21, 27,28, Nov 2, 3 at 8pm with 2pm matinees on October 22 & 29. Tickets are $20 General Admission and $18 Seniors & Students, Matinee $15. SPECIAL THURSDAY NIGHT PERFORMANCE: November 2nd all tickets $15.00
All performances can be combined with our “Dinner and a Show” special, a dinner theatre experience in collaboration with Lorenzo’s (Rte. 28, Middleboro) 508-947-3000. Three course meal including glass of wine for $21.95 bring receipt to our box office before the show and tickets are only $15.00. For more info about NRP please visit us on our website: www.nemasketriverproductions.com or on our FB, Flicker, Twitter,Tumble or Instagram sites. You may also call our virtual box office 866 -244-0448 for reservations. Credit card purchases via Eventbrite, through our website, and at the door.