We’ve pulled together an incredible group of actors for our new production of The Hiding Place, and today I’m thrilled to be able to introduce you to some of the folks on the team.
Conrad John Schuck is Caspar Ten Boom
First, it’s an honor to announce that movie, television, and stage veteran Conrad John Schuck has joined us to play the part of “Papa” Caspar Ten Boom. His professional acting career began after college in The Cleveland Playhouse and in regional theaters in Cleveland, Baltimore, Buffalo, and eventually San Francisco. It was there, while acting at the American Conservatory Theater, that he was seen by director Robert Altman who cast him as Painless in M*A*S*H. His association with Altman led to a wealth of roles in other films including Outrageous Fortune, Finders Keepers, and Star Trek IV and Star Trek VI. His first screen kiss was with Elizabeth Taylor, and he has guest-starred in over 50 television shows including Gunsmoke, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, St. Elsewhere, Bonanza, Law and Order: SVU, and (this one is my favorite) Babylon 5. (If you remember the character of Draal, you’ll understand just how perfect he is for Papa Ten Boom.)
Theater has always been his favorite type of work and he continues to work regionally as well as on Broadway, where he made his debut in the 1997 Broadway revival of Annie as Daddy Warbucks. On Broadway, he also appeared in Annie Get Your Gun with Reba McEntire and most recently in Nice Work If You Can Get It with Matthew Broderick. In London’s West End, he appeared in The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial with Charlton Heston. Schuck recently completed seven seasons in the national tour of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Locally, he appeared in Twelve Angry Men and the much acclaimed The Elephant Man for Studio Tenn.
Carrie Tillis is Betsie Ten Boom
Next up, in the role of Betsie Ten Boom is one of the most delightful people in Nashville, Carrie Tillis. Daughter of country legend Mel Tillis and sister to country star Pam Tillis, Carrie’s talents and experience stretch beyond the world of country music. Her résumé jumps from opera to Grand Ole Opry and Broadway to big band. After gaining notoriety via performances with her father, she traded his legendary Statesider Band for an even bigger orchestra, performing her first love—Broadway’s American Songbook—in theater and symphony concerts around the world. Leading a regional theater production of Keep On the Sunny Side (the story of country music’s Carter family) was a catalyst for other country musicals like The Tammy Wynette Story, of which she played several tours. Carrie has graced the stages of the Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman Auditorium as a featured artist and with Studio Tenn’s hit Legacy series. Other credits include: Mary Alice (The Battle Of Franklin), Sarah (Guys and Dolls), Principle (Big River), Marian Paroo (The Music Man), and Magnolia (Show Boat).