When the Moon was Twice as Big - Scott Watson as Thomas

This week I shot my scenes for WHEN THE MOON WAS TWICE AS BIG playing the role of Thomas!

The film is split into two sections, one half in 1969 and the other half forty years later. My character, Thomas, is a test-pilot that appears in the scenes taking place in 1969.

Period pieces are my absolute favorite to film, and there's no period quite as stunningly filled with bold and gaudy fashions as the late 60's and the 70's. While not quite full-out funky fresh, the timeline did allow me to tease out the 'ol curly fro and grow out a Burt Reynolds mustache for the part. Thomas was great fun to play, and the sense of place that director Bill Jacobs and the fantastic cast and crew were able to capture was truly magic.

Here is a synopsis of When the Moon was Twice as Big

In each of our lives come moments when dreams are sparked and a course is set toward the life we imagine. So it is as we follow ten-year-old Jack in the summer of 1969.

Inspired by an extraordinary new friend, his test-pilot father, and history unfolding as humankind first walks on the moon, Jack’s passion for space ignites within him.

But life-changing events alter Jack’s course.

Forty years later, as he faces his fiftieth birthday, Jack finds he’s landed far from the life he pictured at age ten. Now he must choose whether to simply accept and settle -- or follow the dreams of his youth, born in a time when life had more color, everything seemed possible...

... and the moon was twice as big.

Filming continues throughout the rest of the summer in Pennsylvania.

When the Moon was Twice as Big also stars Mary Jo Catlett (Diff'rent Strokes, General Hospital, Miss Puff on Spongebob Squarepants)

More information about When the Moon was Twice as Big or Shooting Star Creativeworks, click HERE

Shakespeare on the Sound's, "The Two Gentlemen of Verona," opens June 14th

Shakespeare on the Sound's amazing production of, "The Two Gentlemen of Verona," opens on June 14th, and runs until June 29th!

Tickets are absolutely FREE and the performance takes place in beautiful Pickney Park in Rowayton, Connecticut.

Show begins at 7:30pm (with a pre-show for the kiddies starting at 6:30pm) and run every day from June 14th - 29th except for Mondays.

Click here for more information on planning your visit, and how to reserve VIP seating.

I'm playing Thurio in this particular production, and couldn't have asked for a better group of humans (and one canine) with which to play and perform. The environment of fun that our director, Claire Shannon Kelly, crafted in rehearsals allowed each of us the creative freedom to soar.

Claire and I also share the same weird sense of humor, which goes a looong way towards helping me to open up as an actor and letting Thurio's freak flag fly onstage.

Hats off as well to Grier Coleman, our fantastic costumer, who has draped me in enough red to piss off every bull in Connecticut.

Scott Watson as Thurio in Shakespeare on the Sound's, "Two Gentlemen of Verona."(photo Mark Smith)

Here are some additional notes about the production from our director, Claire Shannon Kelly:

"The Two Gentlemen of Verona," of all Shakespeare's plays, is most like a fairytale. It incorporates adventure, romance and danger in a fun and madcap way. In our production, we want to bring this fantastic story to life. With our design team, my vision was to begin the play with a giant book (Shakespeare's first folio) and to have the characters leaping off the page. I always loved reading storybooks with wonderful illustrations. When reading a fairy tale the illustrated images on the page always drew me deeper into the story and I loved to imagine that I was right there with a Prince as he slew the fearsome dragon. In directing this production, I am hoping that you will feel like you are in the midst of Shakepeare's wonderful characters. We have loved imagining this silly comedy of love and romance set in our beautiful Pinkney Park.

Like a fairy tale, our production is set in the past, though not specific to any time period, a time long ago when chivalry still existed. The concept of the "gentlemen]an" is essential to the play and the qualities of nobleness, gentleness, taste, heroism, independence and honor resonate more in a time long ago. For the first time in many years we are using classical music from Mozart to Rachmaninoff. To enhance the comedy of the play and in a nod to Commedia Dell'Arte, which influenced Shakespeare, we are employing a broad acting style. We have so enjoyed finding the humor in this play, and we hope you do too! Sharing laughter is such a great way to bring our community together, so enjoy the gorgeous costumes, lovely music and exciting performances.

Claire Shannon Kelly

Join us for this wonderful, madcap, hilarious romp through a time-gone-by. Did I mention there is a dog? THERE IS A DOG. HE IS HELLA CUTE.

Below is the talented cast of, "The Two Gentlemen of Verona." Here's to an amazing run!

Ben Chase as Proteus
Nicholas Urda as Valentine
Medina Senghore as Julia
Katie Wieland as Sylvia
Nicholas Stannard as the Duke of Milan
Matthew Dalton Lynch as Speed
Tom Pecinka as Launce
Scott Watson as Thurio
Iris McQuillan-Grace as Lucetta
Patrick McAndrew as Sir Eglamore
Albert Baker as Antonio
Cameron Addicott as Panthino / First Outlaw
Josh Mallin as Outlaw 2
Noah Berman as Outlaw 3
Julia Lennon as Ursula
Oliver as Crab

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Shakespeare on the Sound's "Two Gentmen of Verona," opens with Scott Watson playing Thurio

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Scott Watson cast as Thurio in Shakespeare on the Sound's "Two Gentmen of Verona."

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Scott Watson cast as Leonato in "Much Ado About Nothing" tour with Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival

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Scott Watson cast as Derek Saunders in REDRUM

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Scott Watson cast as in an episode of MYSTERIES AT THE MUSEUM on the Travel Channel

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Scott Watson cast in brand new episode to air on the Investigation Discovery Channel

About Scott Watson

Hello! I am a Brooklyn based dedicated, compassionate and imaginative actor / playwright with a special love for Shakespearean and Classical plays as well as new works. A proud graduate from Grand Valley State University (MI) with a BA in Theatre and a minor in writing, I owe my love of Shakespeare and numerous acquired skills to the good folks of Michigan. I have led an interesting and fulfilling life thus far, and nothing gives me greater pleasure then collaborating with friends and colleagues towards an artistic vision. In addition to stage acting and playwriting, I also act and write for television, film, and the web. So sit back and stay awhile. To see what I've been up to lately, please visit my NEWS page. - Scotty

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