What well known fictional charcter does Tom Nelson feel is lacking depth? theTEN with Tom Nelson

Jump inside the brain of performing artists as we ask them 10 questions that were in no way inspired by “Inside the Actor’s Studio.”


What’s the one role/show you’ve always wanted to work on that you haven’t yet?

Sir Percy Blakeney in The Scarlet Pimpernel. Ugh, that music!

What current production, besides one of your own, are you most excited about?

This summer was filled with so many great shows – I was going to two every week. I’m exhausted! I won’t be able to miss MTH’s In the Heights though.

If you couldn’t be in theater, what career would you have chosen?

I have a career in business, plus a couple side businesses. Theatre has always just been a very involved hobby, and it keeps my life very well-balanced.

What quote or saying do people spout but is really complete BS?

“Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.” Okay… but, like… is it ever really the end?

What would you name your boat if you had one?

Dulcinea

What will finally break the internet?

The robot uprising

What well-known fictional character would be the most boring to meet in real life?

Superman. He has no depth, no inner struggles. He’s just too good and too powerful. Any movie that tries to give him struggles or limitations fails because that’s just not who he is. He’s been written into a corner.

What is a play or musical that you cannot stand (CATS is not an acceptable answer)?

South Pacific. It doesn’t do anything! And the music doesn’t compensate.

What is a play or musical that you love (CATS is not an acceptable answer)? 

Secret Garden. Ugh, that music!

What are you reading, watching or listening to right now? 

“Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom” (documentary on Netflix). I lived in the Ukraine for two years, so I stay very engaged in their progress as a nation.


Tom Nelson can be currently seen as The Scarecrow in Theatre in the Parks production of “The Wizard of Oz,” running through August 10. For more information, visit theatreinthepark.org.

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