WGTC Director is a Winner
Submitted by WGTC member Yen Nguyen.
Actor Bill Bowers is a mime who can touch hearts without speaking a word. An accomplished actor with credits and roles that include Zazu in the Tony Award-winning Disney production “The Lion King” and Leggett in the musical “The Scarlet Pimpernel,” Bowers will take on his first challenge as director for the West Georgia Theatre Company production of Moliere’s “Scapin," April 16 – 20.
Bill Bowers (center) will make his directorial debut at UWG this month.
Bowers’ interest in the art of mime derived from his shy and quiet nature growing up under the open sky of Montana. While trying to find his place, he was intrigued by the art form of not talking which led him into the world of theatre and an opportunity to study pantomime with the world famous Marcel Marceau.
Some of Bowers’ other accomplishments include his roles in “All My Children” and “Two Week’s Notice” with Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock. Even with an extensive resume, the actor is a little nervous about directing his first full production.
“I am an Aries…I’m not a very good Aries… I don’t like to be in charge of anything,” Bowers said. “It is going to be a very interesting education for me to be like, ‘oh, I am actually in charge.’”
The students in the WGTC are excited to be working with an artist with so much heart and truth in his craft.
“My experience has been as a performer and as a student,” Bowers said. “So we kind of are in the same boat. I am just an older student in a sense. What I like about the play “Scapin” is it is really open. There is lots of opportunity for your own input. There is lots of room for play and to create a nice play ground for experimenting and coming up with ideas.”
Bill is really grateful for the different doors that have opened up in his career. While working on a play in Naples, Italy, which is where “Scapin” is set, he was able to photograph the historic city and those photographs are now being used as inspiration for the production. One of the most memorable city sights was the laundry.
“Strung up laundry from window to window and people talking and yelling to each other in and out of windows,” Bowers recalled. “That is one of the things we are looking at as a design concept. That combined with Bugs Bunny, just ridiculous.”
The play centers on a cunning servant by the name of Scapin. He finds himself muddled up in several love triangles in this staged circus of events of vaudeville and commedia dell’ arte style.
In a business that attracts so many artists and discourages just as many, Bill is proud to still be working as a creative artist in such a competitive business.
“The proudest moment is being able to have a lot of proud moments....to direct my first play is going to be a proud moment. So it’s a collection that I couldn’t have expected.”
A non stop action comedy is just what everyone needs to celebrate and recover from filing tax returns. A special preview is open to the community on April 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts on the Main Stage. For more information visit www.westga.edu/~theatre.
Ticket prices for the performances will be $3 for the community preview and $10 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, $5 for children and free to UWG students with a student ID for the remainder of the performances. TCPA Box Office hours are Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 678-839-4722.