WESTPORT - He may be familiar to some from any of the many roles he has performed on North Country stages since age 5-from the title role in the musical "Oliver" (with Adirondack Regional Theatre in Plattsburgh) and the butler in Ausable Valley Players' "Annie" (both at age 7), to an ordinary boy with an extraordinary pet rabbit in Pendragon's "Bunnicula," to such demanding Shakespearean roles as Shylock in "The Merchant of Venice" (with the Westport Shakespeare-in-the-Park Youth Theatre) and the title role in this year's Keene Central School Drama Club production of "Macbeth."
Last summer, he wrote all the music for, and co-starred in, his first original musical, "Road to Dannemora." On Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 8 pm, Sam Balzac will get to display many of these talents when he headlines a revue on the stage of Westport's beloved Depot Theatre, where Sam has performed in half a dozen professional summer stock productions-from Little Jake in "Annie Get Your Gun" to Boy Scout Chip in "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee."
The show, titled "The Anti-Student Loan Cabaret" by Depot Artistic Director Shami McCormick, features such guest artists as raconteur George Davis, George and Liz Cordes of High Peaks Opera, jazz musicians Bill Stokes and Karen Rappaport, and fellow KCS thespian Peter Craig. Mr. Balzac, who is heading into his senior year at KCS senior, hopes to begin a career in musical theater by studying the craft at one of several leading private or public colleges in the fall of 2013.
Tickets to this one-of-a-kind "Tonight Only" performance are $15, and seating is limited.
To reserve seats, call The Depot box office at 518-962-4449.