The Hartland Players Mainstage production of “Rumors” by Neil Simon will be entertaining the community Feb. 23 & 24 and March 2 & 3 at the Hartland Music Hall, 3619 Avon Street, Hartland. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, and Saturday, March 2, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, and Sunday, March 3.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors and are available at the Cromaine Library or online at www.hartlandplayers.org. Tickets are also available at the door 30-minutes before showtime if the show is not sold out.
Until opening night, we’ll introduce you to the main members of the production.
About Nikhil (Nik) Khator
Nik Khator is in product development for the automotive industry. He got started with theater while in middle school and said that since then, he has never looked back.
Khator has appeared in productions by the Clarkston Village Players, Little Door Theater, Monsterbox, and even in a short film in Michigan. Acting is a major part of his life.
“I pride myself with the fact that I am able to build products for people to help improve their lives,” Khator said, “and at the same time do performances for people, which entertains them.,”
In his free time, Khator loves to party, play Xbox, and watch movies (except for horror films).
In “Rumors,” Khator plays Glenn Cooper, a politician running for state senate.
How did you get involved with this production?
I had been to a Christmas play at Hartland Hall about a year ago, and since then I have always wanted to perform at such a beautiful theater. It’s so much fun to perform in a theater which has a classic and majestic feel to it: red velvet seats, wooden stage, and a place where each chair for the audience has a reason to be there, showcasing the unity in the community. So as soon as Hartland players provided an audition opportunity, I went for it!
Have you been in any other theatrical productions? If so, what roles did you play?
I have been doing theater for almost half my life. I got involved the first time when I was in middle school and since then, it has been a major part of my life. I have played roles that were comedic, serious drama, and some satirical street plays over the years. One satire that I am the proudest of was a play in India about spreading awareness on female foeticide, a major problem in uneducated, rural parts of developing countries like India.
Who is/are your inspiration?
I don’t come from a single school of thought when it comes to acting. I am more of a combination of Strasberg or Meisner. Any actor who does that combination is not only in the moment, acting truthfully by completely adopting a character, but also has an impact with a range of emotions, bringing their own experiences into the character. Hence, my inspiration is actually every actor who goes on the stage to be vulnerable, truthful in front of a big audience just to deliver that one performance that the audience and they themselves can relate to and enjoy.
Favorite part of being in the production?
There are lots of favorite things but, if I have to pick one, it would be the cast and crew. My experience says that no show can be successful without them working in tandem, which itself is not possible without a wonderful chemistry and a little fun. I am excited to be part of such a cast who was made for a farcical comedy like this!
What can the audience members expect when they see the show?
I believe audience members should be expecting a great show which would be full of laughter, a story with unbelievable yet relatable twists, turns, and an overall performance that will entertain them to the edge of their seats. In the end they will understand that rumor (definitely) has (some of) it!
What are the high points/challenges of your role?
My biggest challenge in this role is to that it is so different from my own self. If one thing I have learned about myself over the years with past relationships, acting, or just life in general is that I am very observant about my surroundings, about what’s going on, and I can relate to whatever the other person is going through or how they are coping with it. However, in this role, I have to ridicule my wife, be completely unaware of what is happening and just be a little self-centered in general.