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Spotlight On: David Schancupp


Connecticut Theatre Company’s “Spotlight On…” series continues with a look into our talented cast and crew of Guys and Dolls. Get to know David Schancupp!




Introduce Yourself to Our Audience:

This is my first role with CTC.  I have appeared locally with Hole in the Wall (Major General in “Pirates of Penzance”), as well as Simsbury Light Opera, Conn. Gilbert & Sullivan Society and Troupers Light Opera Company in principal roles in almost all the G&S Operas, and in many “broadway” shows with many companies in the state. Favorite role – Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof” on two occasions..


What character do you play?

Arvide Abernathy, grandfather to Sarah, the leader of the Save-a-Soul Mission.  This is my third appearance as this character, and we both grow with each time I play him.


What makes you most excited about returning to the stage after the pandemic?

The ability to play before and receive instant response from a live audience.


Who is your favorite character in Guys and Dolls?

Arvide, because its the character I play!  And because he sings perhaps the most beautiful song that Frank Loesser ever wrote, “More I Cannot Wish You” in Act II.


What are you most excited for our audience to experience while watching our first production in over a year? 

Nothing beats the experience of live theater, and the ability to visually interact directly with the performers, to show your appreciation with applause and see the actors’ gratitude in the smiles on their faces.


Who inspired your love of the theater? And why?

A drama teacher I had in High School so many, many years ago..


With music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, Guys and Dolls opens June 11th and runs through June 27th at Connecticut Theatre Company. Tickets on sale now!