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PHOENIX LIVING

‘TOMMY’
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make it about the connections between
the characters. The story and the rela-
tionships are truly what it’s all about. It’s
not a concert, even though it’s full of great
music. I wanted to convey a story.

Next, we talked with Pare.

Question: How did you come to play
Tommy?

Answer: My background is in musical
theater. I moved (to the Valley) from
Rhode Island right after Thanksgiving
and had heard great things about Desert
Stages. They had auditions and I went in
just kind of blind.

Q: Speaking of which, how hard is it to
portray a deaf, dumb and blind kid?

A: It’s all about the change he goes
through when he becomes able to see and
hear and touch and speak. It’s not so
much I have to act deaf and dumb and
blind before, but (I have) to express my
feelings when I’m first able to experience
thosesensations. And I have to over exag-
gerate that moment. The audience has to
be able to see how I react when I’m first
able to see and hear and speak. Imagine
how overwhelming it would be.

Q: Have you ever played a role like this
before?

A: No. I’ve played Tony in “West Side
Story” several times and I’ve played Jo-
seph in “Joseph and the Amazing Tech-
nicolor Dreamcoat,” but this type of
heavy rock show was kind of a stretch for
me. I was pretty nervous at first.

Q: How old are you?
A: 24.

Q: Were you familiar with The Who

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11in Who's ’l'ommy'

When: 7:30 pm. Fridays and Saturdays
and 2 pm. Sundays, through May 2.

Where: Desert Stages Theatre,
4720 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.

Admission: $20-$25.

Details: 480-483-1664, desertstage-
s.org.

and their music before the auditions?
A: I’d seen the movie. I thought it was

very trippy.

Q: Do you have a favorite song or mo-
ment in the play?

A: (After my first audition) they asked
me to learn and sing the song “Sensa-
tion,” so that became my favorite. I sing it
on top of a giant pinball machine and the
whole cast is around me and it’s the turn-
ing point in the show.

0: Tommy is more than 40 years old
now. What keeps it fresh and relevant?

A: It’s a timeless story, and the music
never ages. It’s the first ever rock opera.
In its time that was unheard of. But it can
speak to any age. Look how old “Romeo
and Juliet” is, but it’s still a story people
like to hear. This is a tale of coming of age,
of becoming a man. Everybody can relate a

to that story.

Q: Who’s been coming out to see this?
Mostly Boomers?

A: We do get some (Boomers) coming
out to see the play, but we also get a lot of
kids who love the music. We get a lot of
people wearing “Tommy” T—shirts and
The Who T-shirts.