Laughter will be streaming from the Interlakes Summer Theatre beginning August 1st as “La Cage aux Folles,” a story of love, family and acceptance, makes its way to the stage. Making his Interlakes acting debut in the role of Albin is Michael Stoddard. Born and raised in Franklin, New Hampshire, he went through the public school system, then on to Plymouth State University where he received a BS in Musical Theatre Performance and a Masters in Theatre Education and Integrated Arts. After moving to several different cities, he settled in Miami, and is the Director of Theatre at the Palmer Trinity School in Palmetto Bay.
Stoddard has performed in a number of roles, Lord Farquaad in “Shrek,” Jamie in “The Last Five Years,” and Gaston in “Beauty and the Beast” among others. He was the Director and choreographer in 2017 of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at Interlakes Theatre. He has directed a variety of shows, such as “9 to 5” and “Little Shop of Horrors.” His philosophy as a director is, “theatre should nourish our creativity and do so with bold invention and originality.”
In “The Last Five Years” which is a tender look at people falling in and out of love, a review noted, “he is powerfully energetic as the man who experiences the same five year relationship in brief snippets. His energy is more than enough to handle the role.”
As a sophomore in high school, Stoddard enjoyed both baseball and basketball. He had no interest in the theatre. A friend of his spoke about trying out for a school play, “Once Upon a Mattress.” Stoddard said why not? In one scene he was required to sing. He realized that while small in stature, his booming voice produced beautiful music. Under the watchful eyes of one of his teachers, June Granger Finley, he refined and grew his talent.
After graduation, he relocated to New York and worked a variety of jobs, from a waiter to wearing informational costumes strolling around Times Square. He also found it increasingly difficult to take the stage without using meditation. It was at that time he began the move towards directing. Today finds him teaching, and spending summers on the road either acting or directing. He is back home once again this summer, enjoying the beautiful New Hampshire weather, spending time with his family, cheering the Red Sox on, and starring with Mikey LoBalsamo in the hilarious “La Cage aux Folles.”