Theatre of Western Springs Spotlight: Tim Gannon

Tim Gannon | Submitted
Tim Gannon | Submitted

Get to know the community of Western Springs with our Theatre of Western Springs Spotlight feature!

This week, we meet Tim Gannon of LaGrange Park. He joined TWS in 2012.

Q. Why did you join TWS?

A. My parents have been TWS subscribers for decades. My younger sister and brother both attended Children’s Theatre (CTWS) classes, and schoolmates of mine were involved in CTWS in grade school and high school. I grew up in Western Springs, performed as an actor and singer in high school and college and graduated from Second City Education Center’s improv program as an adult. I love being on stage. A better question might be, “Why didn’t you join TWS – until recently?” I guess the answer is that I have been so busy doing lots of things that I always figured I would join TWS sometime.

Q. Go back in time. When did you discover you had an interest in theatre/drama?

A. At the end of sixth grade, our teacher (who was involved in TWS at one point) made predictions as to what each of us would be when we grew up. She predicted that I would be an actor. I found that funny, because although I loved movies, up to that point I had not shown any interest in drama.

Q. At TWS, do you work on crews, backstage and/or front of house?

A. I was chair of set construction for “Unnecessary Farce” and have worked on several set construction crews including “Picnic,” “Beautifully” and “The Snow Queen” this year. I have also worked as a house manager and in hospitality.

Q. At TWS, do you act on stage? Name some roles.

A. Most recently I was in the musical, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.” That was great, because I have been signing for years in choirs and a capella groups and was able to sing at TWS with a great cast. In “Slaughterhouse-Five,” I played the protagonist, Billy Pilgrim. It was a great experience for so many reasons. For one thing, I was able to work with so many great people. As to the role itself, it was both challenging and rewarding. Challenging because Billy goes through so many periods of his life, and so many different mental states, and rewarding for the same reasons. I also enjoyed playing a politician/murder suspect in Agatha Christie’s “Unexpected Guest.” I had a wonderful time singing last year in the TWS musical review: “Passport to Broadway.”

Q. What do you love about TWS? What is it about TWS that motivates you?

A. TWS is full of great people who are doing something they like or probably love to do, simply because they love doing it. It’s like an athlete who plays for the love of the game vs. playing for his/her next contract. No one would do community theatre unless they really loved doing it as it is volunteer theater. Personally, I love being on stage and being part of the community here.

Q. TWS has flourished for 85 years. Are there traditions at TWS that you value?

A. TWS does a wonderful job of giving people a chance to experience the arts, whether as a patron, performer or student. It is a great institution for us to have here in our community.

Q. Tell about something at TWS that was, is, or will be a really big thrill for you.

A. After appearing in a play, I am always so pleasantly surprised when people I don’t know well, or don’t know at all, tell me they saw the play and enjoyed it. On more than one occasion, people that I did not know have stopped me at Mass or other places in the neighborhood to pay a compliment. If we as a theater can reach people in the community at large, it means that we must be doing something right.

Q. List three things you have given TWS.

A. Time, energy and commitment.

Q. List three things TWS has given you.

A. A creative outlet, lots of laughs and friends.

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