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Firefighter climbs acting ladder
One of these days, Bill Morrow wont be referred to as an actor who is also a firefighter. Hell just be Bill Morrow, actor.
Hes had the dual passions for a long time 22 years in the fire service, most recently as a lieutenant in the Seattle Fire Department, and 25 in acting. dating back to when he was a student at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and getting started on the stage in community theaters.
Morrow said he plans to retire from the fire department in two years and pursue acting full-time, plus open an acting school in Federal Way, where he lives. In his new capacity, hell be able to draw on his first professional role as Hoke, the driver, in Centerstage Theatres Driving Miss Daisy.
This is a big step for me. Its my first part in a professional theater production, Morrow said of his debut with Centerstage.
Driving Miss Daisy, writer Alfred Uhrys 1988 Pulitzer Prize winner (and also of movie fame), will open Friday at the Knutzen Family Theatre at 3200 SW. Dash Point Road. (Call 661-1444 for showtimes and ticket reservations).
Morrow is playing Hoke, the black driver for a crotchety, Southern white lady, for the first time and enjoying it.
When I auditioned, I thought I had a pretty good shot at it, he said. The rehearsals have been going really well. Its going to be a good show.
Balancing acting with his firefighting career, part of it spent on active duty and part in a 9 to 5 administrative job with Seattles fire marshal, hasnt been easy. He said he loves both, but he missed acting when his work schedule kept him off the stage for long periods.
Like a firefighter anticipating the next emergency, Morrow is anxious to go from Daisy rehearsals to live action.
I dont really get nervous for opening night. Its more like, bring it on, he said.
Editor Pat Jenkins can be reached at 925-5565 and firstname.lastname@example.org.