OK Howdy from Ike Skidmore

Hey there!

Names Rick McAllister, I will be playing Ike Skidmore a cowman/ranch owner in Lyric Arts production of Oklahoma.  I will be blogging during the remainder of our rehearsal period and throughout our performance run.

First I will tell you about myself.  I have been doing theatre since my sophomore year in high school, back in the mid-1980’s…a long time ago for you youngins.   In high school, I performed in musicals and one-acts for state competitions, and work as part of the stage crew for school meetings, events and set builds.  After graduating from high school I continued performing, mostly in community theatre productions.  For over twenty years I have performed onstage at the Guthrie Theater, Stages Theatre Company, Youth Performance Company, Chaska Valley Family Theatre, WorkHorse Theatre, Eden Prairie Players, and Waconia Theatre 110.

For the past twenty years I have worked professionally behind the scenes on over a combined 70 productions with Stages Theatre Company in Hopkins and The Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis.  After being hidden backstage for nearly ten years, I made a by chance appearance in a MN Fringe Festival show called “CB and Sheave Take the Bus” in 2009.  Most recently I played Mr. Salt in Willy Wonka at Chaska Valley Family Theatre.  I am very excited to hit the Lyric Arts Mainstage for the first time in Oklahoma.  Yeow!

Next up, info and photos from our first full show stumble through rehearsal last Wednesday...

Hope to see you soon,

Rick