MMT Company Spotlight: Meet David McCloughan Jr.
A native of Lambertville NJ, David knew artistic directors Louis Palena & Jordan Brennan from working with them in another theatre company and was able to join us in one of our very first productions during our time at the Open Air Theatre in Washington Crossing Park. He was “on hand” as we moved indoors to our new home here at Music Mountain Theatre to assist with painting the walls and working to get our new stage ready. His first show with us indoors was Hairspray during our inaugural season.
David has a hard time choosing a favorite role that he has had the opportunity to play at MMT but says it would probably have to be Ghost of Christmas Present in A Christmas Carol, a role he revisits each season. “It’s incredible to do the role every year and add a little nuance or “improvement” from year to year.” “Honorable mentions would have to go to Nicely Nicely in Guys and Dolls and Marcellus in the Music Man.”, he adds. His favorite show at MMT that he was not a part of was 2019’s The Will Rogers Follies. David dreams of one day playing the Genie in Aladdin, but notes that he will have to sign up to attend one of our theatre school’s tap classes in preparation.
When asked about the best part of being involved at Music Mountain Theatre, David says that it’s the atmosphere. “The community we have created from the patrons to the employees and company, it’s all just lovely to be a part of and it makes me smile,” he says. Adding “Everyone who works here at MMT has a crazy work ethic and is a true professional. I believe the difference also comes that we all WANT to be there.”
When not on stage at Music Mountain, you may see David at our local Starbucks as manager of the Logan Square location. (He knows a lot about coffee, yet he doesn’t drink it!) David also enjoys Star Wars, and Disney, as well as curating an impressive lightsaber collection.
We are so happy to have David as part of our community since our days at the Washington Crossing Outdoor Theatre and beyond. Be sure to come and see David in his favorite role, The Ghost of Christmas Present, as a Christmas Carol continues on weekends through December 11th!