Wed. Nov 30th, 2022

Evanston resident Josh Houghton is the bearer of dangerous information for the Von Trapp household in Paramount Theatre’s manufacturing of “The Sound of Music.”

His character, Herr Zeller, “brings the skin world into their joyful house stuffed with music and laughter,” Houghton stated. “Unexpectedly there’s a Nazi of their home saying that their father has to go away to struggle and be a part of the Nazi occasion.”

“It’s not a enjoyable position,” admitted Houghton of his half within the Rodgers and Hammerstein basic musical that runs from Nov. 18 via Jan. 15 at 23 E. Galena Blvd. in Downtown Aurora. Previews start Nov. 9.

However, the actor is having fun with being a part of the massive solid.

“The expertise of rehearsing with all the kids — that’s been great,” he stated. “The children are unimaginable. Alicia (Kaori) who performs Maria is phenomenal. Christopher (Kale Jones), who performs the Captain, is only a pleasure to work with. Amber (Mak), our director, is main a joyful rehearsal room.”

That is Houghton’s second time taking part in Herr Zeller. “I don’t know what that claims about me,” he laughingly declared.

The final time he took that position was within the Little Theatre on the Sq. in Sullivan, Illinois. The Paramount Theatre manufacturing’s director/choreographer Mak was the choreographer for that earlier manufacturing.

“I suppose she preferred what I did eight years in the past,” Houghton stated.

The truth that Herr Zeller is a neighbor to the Von Trapps makes the position related at the moment, in line with Houghton, who stated, “We don’t at all times know or agree with the folks that dwell proper down the road from us.”

Houghton, who grew up in Oregon, moved to Chicago in 2018 and Evanston a 12 months later.

“I grew up doing ballet so I did ‘The Nutcracker’ each winter,” Houghton stated. He first carried out in a play when he was in seventh grade. When he was a senior in highschool, he determined to pursue a theater profession.

Houghton earned a level in theater from The New Faculty in New York Metropolis.

The actor has traveled extensively along with his profession, together with doing a nationwide tour of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

“That’s form of the fantastic thing about being a stage actor” he defined. “There’s loads of regional theater work. Along with the locations the place I’ve had a mailing handle and been a resident, I’ve additionally lived for 2 to 3 months doing exhibits in Rhode Island, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Denver, Philadelphia. It’s been a good way to get to see this nation and get to check out totally different locations to dwell.”

Houghton appears too younger to have lived in so many locations. He playfully explains his youthful look saying, “I exploit moisturizer and I drink loads of water.”

Certainly one of Houghton’s favourite elements was his first Chicago position as Mitzi/Tick in Mercury Theater Chicago’s manufacturing of “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” this summer time.

He additionally significantly loved taking part in Buddy the Elf in “Elf the Musical” thrice.

This manufacturing of “The Sound of Music” additionally has Houghton excited.

“We’ve got a 17-piece orchestra which is simply fabulous. These musicians are unimaginable,” he stated. “We’ve got three casts of youngsters and they’re vivid. What’s extra thrilling than seeing a child dwell out their dream.”

For extra details about “The Sound of Music,” name (630) 896-6666 or go to

Myrna Petlicki is a contract reporter for Pioneer Press.

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