Veteran Victoria actor serves as tour guide in Theatre Victoria's 'A Lone Star Night'
By Alice Adams
Aug. 19, 2010 at 3:19 a.m.
They say the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, but for Victoria native and veteran actor Walter Womack, his family tree is not only historically rich in Texas traditions, but also holds a legacy of interest and appreciation for the performing arts.
Womack, who will play the character 'Wink' in the upcoming production of "A Lone Star Night" isn't reaching too far from his day-to-day personality.
"I play the role of a cowboy, somebody who lives close to the land," he said. "I am sort of a tour guide between each song, each comic sketch and each musical offering."
He was introduced to the theater at a young age.
"My uncle, William Henry Crain, was curator of the Hoblitzelle Theatre Arts Library at The University of Texas at Austin, and although we were a ranching family, he was the only boy in a family of four girls and ended up with five degrees, including bachelor's and master's degrees in English and history and the first earned doctorate in dramatic arts at UT," Womack said.
He remembers Crain coming to Massachusetts while attending boarding school there.
"It was the first Thanksgiving. I was away from home and my uncle and I went to Manhattan for the weekend and saw 10 Broadway productions," said the actor, who has worked in a variety of areas in his family's ranching business and now lives in McFaddin. "It was then his interest in theater began to rub off on me."
After earning a degree in management information science from the University of Houston, Womack eventually returned to Victoria. "When I moved back here, I auditioned for the community theater and have been acting, off and on, ever since," he said.
His favorite role at Theatre Victoria came a few years ago in the production "Proposals."
"That was probably my best work because an actress by the name of Kim Scott came to Victoria to play the role of the maid," Womack remembered. "She seemed to bring a higher quality to the whole production. I had one scene with her and not only was it a wonderful experience, but it became my favorite role. I've been in a number of productions since, but that was the one I did the best job in."
He describes the weekend's production of "A Lone Star Night" as a show that has "a little something for everybody ... music, comedy, a sad story or two. My role as the audience's guide for the evening is somewhere between the role of stage manager in 'Our Town' and a master of ceremonies."
The show, all new and original material, written by Texas artists and composers and performed by Texas talents, is also about music, laughter and fun.
"Working on this show has been fun as well as challenging, and we think audiences who see the show will be impressed with the caliber of talent as well as be entertained. It's fast-paced and I think people will see a lot of the familiar in this production that's about Texas, by Texans and performed by Texas natives," he said with a wink.
Alice Adams is president of Alice Adams Communications in Houston and Austin. She serves as a consultant, co-author, author and editor for numerous projects. She lives in Austin. Contact her at Rtadams2@aol.com.