Windsor Village native Timothy Dougherty gets to ham it up on stage this weekend and next, playing a vaudevillian actor -turned elocution coach – turned movie director – in the Kaufman and Hart musical “Once in a Lifetime” at Hamilton Academy of Music. The show takes place during the advent of ‘talkies’ on the big screen, a popular theme this year with the silent movie “The Artist” winning the Oscar for best motion picture, and “Hugo” exploring the advent of silent film. “Once in a Lifetime” on the other hand, is a farcical look at the early film industry as Dougherty’s character George Lewis moves to Hollywood to train silent stars to “speak” and ends up in his own starring role as Director instead.
Dougherty, 17, follows in the footsteps of his father actor Charles Dougherty and mother actress/director Mary Lou Belli, and was bitten by the acting bug as a young child. In the spirit of disclosure, I must admit that this young man has grown from a pip-squeak toddler to a leading man before my very own eyes – he lives in my neighborhood and has long been an attention-grabbing performer on the front steps of his house, in a local improv class, or on the edge of our diving board. It’s been a joy following his young career at Hamilton in shows including Pippin, Guys & Dolls, A Christmas Carol and Peter Pan. He was one of two actors chosen for the FOX Studios Music mentoring program 2010/2011, sings with Hamilton High’s nationally recognized Jazz Vocal Ensemble, and performs with the Antaeus Classical Theater. That’s when he’s not doing his homework or applying for colleges.
As a high school that draws some of the best performing arts students from the greater LA basin, many of whom live in the greater Wilshire/Hancock Park area, the shows at Hamilton deserve the enthusiastic audience they draw.
Hamilton Academy of Music
2955 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90034
Tickets are $15 Friday and Saturday nights, $10 matinees, and can be pre-purchased via the Hamilton Music website.