Larry Richardson has been active with LCTC in many roles since he joined the company five years ago, but he admits that directing a play requires many different skills.
“LCTC has an excellent internship program, so before flying solo in directing a play, I was able to work under a seasoned director,” Richardson said. “I cut my teeth as John Tomlinson’s assistant director this summer for Shakespeare at the Lake when we presented Much Ado About Nothing. John has been teaching and directing theater for years. He continues to coach me in my new role.”
Richardson and his wife, Zoe, are best known locally for teaching and performing ballroom dancing. He has choreographed for Celebrity Lip Sync, Speakeasy, and many LCTC shows. He has acted in Spamalot, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, It’s a Wonderful Life, South Pacific, The Producers and more.
He was also nominated to be the second Mr. Lake County. He has taken to directing with the same finesse.
“Directing is like coaching,” Richardson said. “You have to take care of everyone and all the details, but you also have to trust the other team members to pull the show together.” Richardson directed the 2017 LCTC Christmas production, Dashing Through the Snow.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
It's a Wonderful Life