20 Questions with Tim Dolan of Lysistrata Jones

Tim Dolan - Todd "Cinesias" Stein
Tim Dolan  (Todd “Cinesias” Stein)

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Shelby Township, Michigan near 22 mile and Van Dyke.

Where did you go to school?

I went to high school at Utica High School and college in NYC at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy.

What/Who was your inspiration to become an actor?

A major influence in my performing life was my high school theatre teacher: Ms. Martha Kent. She fostered all my earliest memories of performing in musicals at a young age.

What is your biggest fear as an actor?

I still have that age old fear of forgetting my lines or lyrics. I am constantly going through lyrics backstage every night even when I’ve performed the show many times before!

What is your dream role?

I have always wanted to play Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors. The first production of the show I actually saw here at Meadow Brook when I was in high school. It was one of the best things I’ve seen to this day and I still think of that specific production often.

What is your biggest dream?

My biggest dream is to be performing in a Broadway show, teaching children during the day and having a successful walking tour business ALL AT THE SAME TIME! I currently teach children for Rosie O’Donnell’s charity: Rosie’s TheatreKids. I love my time in the classroom spreading arts appreciation to those children. I also own a walking tour business called Broadway Up Close Walking Tours that is the second highest rated walking tour in NYC. It would be a dream to have all of these careers full-time at the same time!

Tim Dolan (Todd "Cinesias" Stein)
Foreground: Tim Dolan (Todd “Cinesias” Stein), Background: Kathryn Terza (Cleonice Sanchez)

What is your best/favorite role you have played?

A show and role that is near and dear to my heart is Abraham in the musical Altar

Boyz. It is the show that I’ve done the longest having performed on the tour for a year, in California and then the Off-Broadway cast in NYC. It was an absolute blast!

Do you have a special prep routine before going on stage?

I usually stick to some basic vocal exercises and I like to listen to music to get my energy up. I also like to connect briefly with all the members of the cast before seeing them onstage.

Funniest stage blooper?

I was performing as the scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz a number of years ago. In this specific production they utilized lots of flying and special effects. “If I Only Had a Brain” was choreographed with all types of flying stunts…until the one performance where I wasn’t hooked up properly and had to make up the entire three and a half minute number on the spot in front of 700 people. It was a disaster!

What was your first impression of this show?

I was lucky enough to have seen the off-Broadway production starring our very own Teddy Toye. I thought it was incredibly funny and exactly what it intended to be: a hilarious, feel-good musical!

Dancing with a basketball, easy or hard?

My two older brothers would kill me for saying this since they are incredible at basketball…HARD. I’m coordinated until I have to make a lay-up in front of 300 people.

How do you feel about pranks?

As long as they are all in good fun I’m all for it. I like to think I have a pretty healthy sense of humor!

What is the best prank you have ever pulled?

Ask the other cast members and they’ll tell you I am “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” daily…with so many to pick from it’s hard to narrow it down!

So there is a story floating around about a family driving through a neighborhood in downtown Detroit. The family spotted Bigfoot coming out of an abandoned house carrying a stick. Do you believe in Bigfoot?

With all the potholes here in Michigan I can only assume they are telling the truth. How else would all these Bigfoot sized holes have appeared on Walton Road?!

Favorite snack food?

Goldfish cheddar snack crackers. It’s an unhealthy obsession.

Jason Williams, Tim Dolan, Teddy Toye, Michael De Souza, Jake Wood

Favorite actor?

I have always loved Tom Hanks and Gene Wilder.

Favorite movie?

I love the original Sister Act movie.

Dream Vacation?

I have always wanted to visit Hawaii or Australia.

If you could have dinner with anyone in the world living or dead who would it be and why?

I would love to sit down with Stephen Sondheim and pick his brain about his theatre experiences. A very close second would be David Belasco. He was a theatre producer and owner in the early 1900’s who lived a very interesting life. We talk about him a lot on my walking tour and I’ve always said I’d love to have met him. If you don’t know anything about him you’ll have to come to NYC to talk a Broadway Up Close Walking Tour!

If you were trapped on a desert island and you could only take two things, what would they be?

Pizza and beer. The perfect combo to get me through any situation!

Stay tuned…

Casey S. Hibbert©

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