Patrick Jones' first interactions with Lyric Arts began with Rent, at the end of our 2013-2014 season. We've very proud to have him back on the Main Street Stage for our 16th Annual Cabaret Fundraiser. We caught up with him to get a little bit better feel for the man behind the performance, a theme we'll definitely explore in this year's Cabaret. We want to provide an inside glimpse into the lives of the talent that chooses to perform at Lyric Arts. And on this very sunny, warm mid-April afternoon, we'll start with Patrick.
LA: How did you become familiar with Lyric Arts?
Patrick: I auditioned for RENT and was awarded the role of Tom Collins.
LA: How would your life be different if it wasn’t for Lyric Arts?
Patrick: I would definitely not be as fulfilled—musically and emotionally. Lyrics Arts gave me another chance to share my love of theater.
LA: Why do you choose to share your passion on this stage?
Patrick: The people! I auditioned to be in RENT. I came back because I fell in love the people and the culture that is Lyric Arts.
LA: What moment are you really looking forward to this year for Cabaret?
Patrick: Stepping out onto the Main Street stage and being greeted post-show by the loyal members of the Lyrics Arts community.
LA: What’s been your very favorite number to perform in your acting and singing career so far?
Patrick: I'll Cover You-Reprise from RENT. I am always overcome with emotion by the sense of heartbreak that is present in that piece.
LA: Describe a favorite bonding moment with someone at Lyric Arts
Patrick: I'm not sure I can pick just one. I had the chance to have a lunch date, post RENT, with two of my favorite people, Nykeigh Larson and James Ehlenz. They were two people that welcomed me to Lyric Arts right away and I am so thankful for that!
LA: How and when did you decide to pursue a career in performing arts?
Patrick: I wouldn't call it a career. I wish I could!! I have just always had the itch to be on stage and share my passion with others.
LA: What other hidden talents might lurk below the surface?
Patrick: I am an accomplished swing dancer and can still do a lot of the fancy lifts.
LA: If you could live in any time period, when would it be and why?
Patrick: I would have to say the 40's or 50's. It was a simpler time that wasn't so dominated by social media. I feel like they were able to have more meaningful, face-to-face conversations without so many distractions. Call me old fashioned!
LA: If you could star in any film, which would you choose and who would you play?
Patrick: This is a very loaded question considering that I am major film buff. I would have to say Kevin Spacey's character "Verbal" in the film "The Usual Suspects."
LA: What are your favorite musicals?
Patrick: Next to Normal, Jekyll and Hyde, Spring Awakening, Les Miserables, Once
LA: If people asked what it feels like to spend your time and talents at Lyric Arts, what would you say?
Patrick: It is a wonderful community that is way more talented than it gets credit for. The amount of work that goes into each production is amazing and I am so honored to be a part of it! Every time I step foot into the building, I am overwhelmed with excitement!