From and About The Cast: Ian Armstrong

Ian Armstrong

It is one of the great joys of working with B&B; being able to work with a dedicated, talented and committed group of actors who truly share a belief in the work that Bag&Baggage does.

There is no question that one of the best examples of that commitment is Ian Armstrong, Bag&Baggage stalwart, company member, fan favorite and resident funny-voice guy.
Grumio in Shrew/Prize
Ian started working with us waaaaay back in our second season; he was cast as Grumio in our world premiere adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, combined (for the first time in history!) with John Fletcher’s hilarious sequel, The Tamer Tamed; or The Woman’s Prize. Although Ian was cast in a supporting role, his dedication and professionalism made him an absolute stand-out in the cast and he quickly became one of my “go to” guys for the company.
Since that first show, Ian has starred in no less than 9 Bag&Baggage shows, with The Merry Wives being his 10thproduction for the company. 
 
Other than former company member Maggie Chapin, this makes Ian our most-often cast company member!
His list of credits includes:
Bob Cratchit in The Trial of Scrooge
The Taming of the Shrew/The Woman’s Prize
Twelfth Night
The Glass Menagerie
Of Mice and Men
Farndale Avenue…Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol
The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge
The Tempest, or the Enchanted Isle
Macbeth
From Ian:
Banquo in Macbeth
“Ian Armstrong here. I can’t believe rehearsals are already in full swing for the third show (already over halfway through!) in our fifth anniversary season at the Venetian. This is already my tenth show with Bag and Baggage, which is so weird to say because I can remember my first show Taming of the Shrew/The Women’s Prize with the company so vividly. I’m turning thirty this week and I am feeling very nostalgic I guess. 
Tom in Glass Menagerie
Anyway, I am having a great time working with my fellow actors on The Merry Wives of Windsor or the Amorous Adventures of the Comical Knight Sir John Falstaff. There are some very funny people with whom I share the stage, and so the rehearsals are incredibly playful and fun. Trying to make each other laugh is a great place to start with a 1950’s TV comedy, and we have been doing plenty of laughing this week. I have really focused my effort on engaging my 1950’s TV star persona (based loosely upon comedy legend Milton Berle) especially physically for my character the Host of the Garter, and that led to some fun moments of discovery.”
Check Ian out in our next world premiere, history making production:
The Merry Wives of Windsor,
or The Amorous Adventures of The Comical Knight Sir John Falstaff
March 7 – 24, 2013
The Venetian Theatre
253 E Main Street, Hillsboro
Tickets: www.bagnbaggage.orgor 503 345 9590
 
Malvolio in Twelfth Night