Sixty-nine-year-old Bob Forsey is testament to the fact that it's never too late to try things and follow your passions. Forsey, who lives in the Peterborough area, auditioned for his first play—Arbor Theatre's upcoming production of The Three Muskrateers—and landed the role of the lead villain, "Cardinal Richelieu".
The retired Forsey, who is married with three children and two grandsons, keeps busy as ever—singing, playing guitar, golfing, curling, playing softball... and now acting.
Bob Forsey pictured at Showplace
"Several factors made me audition," Forsey tells PTBOCanada. "I always wanted to try acting. I was inspired by Michelle Fererri. I saw her in a production and it looked like she was having fun being silly. I thought, 'I can do that!'"
Forsey adds that he was "pumped" when he found out he landed the role. "I thought, 'Somebody likes my sense of humour,'" he says, adding, "It was also very daunting. I thought, 'What did I get myself into here?'"
Some of the cast of "The Three Muskrateers"
But Forsey is having a great time so far playing the villain in this, his first production. "I'm having a riot," he says. "I've met some remarkably creative people who have inspired me. When I saw them laughing at what I was doing, I thought, 'I'm on the right track.'"
Director Ray Henderson
Director Ray Henderson says this of Forsey: "I've known Bob for a few years as he was a volunteer at Showplace. I never expected to see him walking into my auditions. He was the dark horse for my casting crew. We were all blown away by how great he delivered in his audition".
"The sweetest thing was when I saw him the day after he was cast," Henderson tells PTBOCanada. "He said 'Ray, I have to tell you that I called my 94-year-old mother last night to tell her I was in a play. She was really into theatre and I'm the only one of her six kids to be in a play. I loved that even at 69 years old, you still feel like a kid when you get into a play!"
The Three Muskrateers runs December 8th and 9th, 7 p.m., at Showplace Performance Centre. Tickets are $15 for Adults, $10 for Students and Seniors, and $8 for 12 and under. Tickets are available at showplace.org or the Showplace box office.