When “An Officer and a Gentleman” comes to the Providence Performing Arts Center from Feb. 18-20, Mansfield, Mass, native Logan Marks will be performing on stage, while 40 family members …
When “An Officer and a Gentleman” comes to the Providence Performing Arts Center from Feb. 18-20, Mansfield, Mass, native Logan Marks will be performing on stage, while 40 family members and friends sit in the audience.
Logan has strong roots in Rhode Island, and especially at PPAC, where he performed in the Camp Broadway production of “CATS.”
”I love Rhode Island. I spent much of my time there, both at PPAC and taking classes at RISD. It is the perfect size, not as crazy as Boston and New York.”
“The first musical I ever saw was “Lion King” at PPAC, and my first time on stage was auditioning for a part in the Macy’s parade on that same stage,” Logan told me.
Mark called from Detroit, where he was busily reviewing his role as a swing in “An Officer and a Gentleman.”
“Swings are a crucial part of the production,” he said. “I must be prepared to fill in for a number of roles, especially today with Covid.”
“So far in this production, I’ve filled in for three different parts. I’ll be on stage in Providence filling in for a friend who will be out for a while.”
Logan, at age 26, has had a busy life in the theatre since graduating from Western Carolina University with a degree in musical theatre, where skills in acting, singing, and dancing were honed.
“An Officer and a Gentleman” has been playing to receptive audiences around the country, hoping to end up in a Broadway theatre.
“It’s a different type of musical, in that there is not a lot of dancing, but many scenes that require athletic training, like pushups and pullups,” he said.
The show is based on the Oscar-winning movie starring Richard Gere, featuring the Grammy Award winning “Up Where You Belong” and a score based on the 1980’s catalogue of music that gave voice to a generation, way before Logan was born.
Tickets for “An Officer and a Gentleman” are available for shows Feb. 18-20 by calling 421-ARTS.
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