A sit down with… Jimmy Smith
Rob Charles is playing the role of Jimmy Smith in our upcoming show. Find our what his favourite musicals are, how he is finding the show and all about his BMTG journey so far…
Tell us about your role in the show?
Jimmy Smith a bit of a ‘jack the lad’. He is a womaniser looking for fun and he is trying to get the best out of life. That is until he literally falls head over heels for Millie and she makes him see things from a different perspective. He grows as a character throughout the show but still maintains that cheeky persona which is what drew me to the part in the first place. I also love doing the New York accent so that’s a plus.
What makes you Thoroughly Modern?
I don’t know if I am to be honest. I like more traditional things, like afternoon tea and pub lunches. I’m a bit of a geek when it comes to techy stuff so maybe that’s what makes me modern.
Tell us about your journey with BMTG so far…
I joined in 2013 after the current production team were looking for men for ‘The Pirates of Penzance’. I am trained in musical theatre and drama so it’s always been my background but I hadn’t done anything (performance wise) for six years. After treading the boards again, I was hooked. Since then, I have been lucky to play a variety of brilliant parts with BMTG and other groups. Since I joined, I have been part of the committee and helped to run the society through a variety of the roles. It takes a lot of time up but it’s worth it to help the group to continue to flourish.
What do you love about the group?
This has been said to death, but it really is the family aspect. This society has become my second family and we perform, laugh, cry and have fun together. I can’t think of a better bunch of people to spend two evenings per week with. It also helps that everyone is as crazy as I am!
What’s your favourite musical?
This is a horrible question for a musical theatre nerd but I can answer it in a way that includes my top five.
For originality, I would say ‘The Grinning Man’. It was on a limited release in the West End and it blew me away. I’ve always had a soft spot for ‘Avenue Q’ as I loved The Muppets growing up. ‘Waitress’ had me hooked from the first time I heard the soundtrack and it has the added bonus of being written by Sara Bareilles. ‘Heathers’ has recently become a favourite after seeing a fantastic production in London and realising how clever the score is. Finally, ‘Into The Woods’ holds a special place in my heart after we did it in 2015. I could literally talk about musicals all day!
What’s your dream role to play?
I have been lucky to have played my dream role of Princeton in ‘Avenue Q’. However, I have my eye set on The Lion from ‘Wizard’ and The Plant in ‘Little Shop’.
How are rehearsals going?
They’re so much fun! I’ve had a blast rehearsing with this cast and it really is a joy to be spending so much time with such lovely friends.
It’s taken me a while to find Jimmy but now that I’ve got him, I can’t wait to bring him to life on stage.
Rob’s past theatre credits:
Utterson – (Jekyll & Hyde)
Ensemble – (Pippin – The Cast)
Patsy – (Spamalot)
Princeton – (Avenue Q – Encore)
Glen Gulia – (The Wedding Singer)
The Baker – (Into The Woods)
Billy Crocker – (Anything Goes)
Leaf ConeyBear – (The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee)