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Artist Profile: Montana native wins role of Charlie Brown in Bellingham Theatre Guild production

Montana native Jeremy Loween, 25, caught the title role in Bellingham Theatre Guild’s production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” opening at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, and playing through Oct. 12 at the guild’s playhouse, 1600 H St.

(His wife, Laura, is currently playing Maria in Lynden Performing Arts Guild’s production of “The Sound of Music.”)

The acting duo met while they were attending Pacific Lutheran University.

Question: What performances have you enjoyed being in?

Answer: I did some theater early on as a child (“Fiddler on the Roof” was my very first show, at the Big Fork Summer Playhouse). However I took a long break and didn’t do another show until I was a senior in high school. I played a Nazi, Heir Zeller, in “The Sound of Music” in Kalispell and was featured as a vocalist during the talent show scene. In-between those two shows I took classical voice lessons from the age of 12 and all of the way through college. I sang in my high school’s concert choir, the Choralaires, a small, “musical”-focused group.

After high school I was selected as a featured soloist in the world-renowned musical and community service group “Up with People.” I decided to take the gap year between high school and college to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Upon my return from my tour, I accepted a vocal scholarship to attend Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma. I sang in their nationally renowned group “Choir of the West” for three years and was also a member of the men’s acappella group, “PLUtonic,” which placed in nationals and was featured on “America’s Got Talent.” Since college, I’ve been involved with my church’s men’s chorus and with local musical productions, mostly in Lynden.

Q: Why do you enjoy being on stage?

A: I enjoy being on stage because it is where I feel most natural. As a spiritual/religious individual, I believe that God gave every one of us certain abilities that are unique and special. Being on stage and singing/doing musicals is where I feel most unique and special.

Q: Why should people see this show?

A: I hope the audience leaves the show being reminded that you never truly grow up, and that kids truly have it right when it comes to making the most out of life. Life is short, so it’s important to live, laugh, and love every day.

We all need to take a step back from the seriousness of life and remember that we are all kids at heart. With a cast of only five grown-ups playing kids, the audience is sure to feel as if they are part of the show. You will laugh, then cry, laugh again, and then cry again. It’s such a diverse show, with every scene/song having its own “flavor.”

Q: What else do you do in our area that is fun for you?

A: I love to hike, play tennis, watch football, go to church, and spend time with my family and dogs.

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