Meet "Hallelujah Guy" Joe Garrick

Lyric Arts had a chance to talk with Joe Garrick, who is playing Porter, in the upcoming production of The Hallelujah Girls. Read on to hear what he has to say about his experience thus far! LA: Tell us a little bit about why this particular show interested you?

JG: I read some reviews of productions that had been done at other theaters and it sounded like it would be really funny. Also, the cast is mostly adult women. I know how many really great women there are that audition for shows here, so I knew there would be a great cast.

LA: Tell us about the character that you play. How will audience members identify with this character?

JG: Porter is an easy going, likable fellow, but he’s a mama’s boy and he’s a bit out of his element trying to stay on equal footing with such strong women. Carlene is his love interest. She’s buried three husbands who all died before their times, but Porter somehow finds the courage to stare death in the face and take a chance with the “Black Widow of Eden Falls.” The audience should enjoy watching Porter stumble his way through his first serious romance.

LA: What is your favorite play or musical? Why?

JG:I think my favorite musical is probably Joseph and the Amazing Technical Dreamcoat. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen it, but I never get tired of the music and Lyric Arts’ production this year was excellent.

LA: What is your dream role to play on stage?

JG: That’s a tough question. I think if I had to pick just one, it would be Henry Drummond in Inherit the Wind. He’s witty and heartwarming, but he’s also a formidable attorney and a passionate defender of his beliefs.

LA: What is the first production you were ever involved with? What did you do in the production?

JG: I played Horace Roy in Ghostchasters at Lyric Arts. Horace was the rather eccentric psychiatrist in charge of an asylum where the patients have taken over. It was a hilarious comic farce and was the show that got me hooked on acting.

LA: Tell us a little about yourself?

JG: I’m married and have four sons, and work as a programmer and database administrator. Being part of an organization like Lyrics Arts is a great creative outlet in contrast with such a technical job. I’m also fortunate that my family has done so much to support my acting hobby.