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After a 30-minute phone call with David Kaye, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance, William Lombard knew that he wanted to go to UNH. “I got postcards and letters from other schools,” says Lombard. “But David Kaye called me. It was personal.”
Lombard came to UNH with a lot of theatre experience. “I began performing at the age of two,” he explains. “So that’s 20 years now.”
A triple-threat performer, Lombard can dance, sing, and act. “Dance is always a work in progress for me,” he says. “I danced all through high school and got used to being the ‘boy who does ballet.’ Despite the bullying, I could never imagine giving it up.” The singing and acting have always come easily. “I’m just dramatic by nature,” he says.
Not only did Lombard take classes with Kaye, he worked with him on the UNH stage in “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson,” as well as professionally in “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.” He grew as an actor and took on roles that really challenged his range.
Through the student organization, Mask and Dagger, he directed a musical cabaret this past fall and recently acted in “Assassins.”“In that play, my character was Charles Guiteau, who killed President Garfield,” says Lombard. “It was a challenge to play Guiteau realistically, as well as sympathetically. He was syphilitic, out of his mind, and very flamboyant. I had to convey all of that. It was a great way to end my college career.”
This summer, you can catch Lombard at the Hackmatack Playhouse in Berwick, Maine. Notably he’ll star in the “Fantasticks,” singing some great songs including the lovely duet, “Soon It’s Gonna Rain.”
For now, Lombard plans to focus on performance. “I’m a certain type,” he notes. “Someone who can play 16 to 25 year olds. So now’s the time.” He’s already connected with UNH alumni in New York City and Boston.
But theatre education will draw him back eventually. “A production can pull in kids who you’d never think would be in theatre — the tech kids or the shy kid who gets the lead. To see them all come together for a play is such a rewarding experience.”
Written by Carrie Sherman
Photo by Perry Smith Photography