We know all of our bartenders are extremely talented. Why else would we hire them? Not only do they possess a vast cocktail knowledge, they also have many hidden talents and hobbies that stretch far and wide.
Enter stage right: Josh Moore.
When Josh isn’t greeting customers behind the bar, he’s center stage—literally.
“I started singing in the 3rd or 4th grade, when everyone was required to take chorus,” Moore, a Portsmouth native, recalls. “When I was eleven, I auditioned for Portsmouth High School’s production of Oliver. By some act of insanity, they gave the lead role to the chubby, tone-deaf kid.” While he was self-deprecating about the achievement, we were certainly impressed!
After Oliver, Josh knew acting was his passion. He began performing with the Seacoast Repertory Theatre, then toured around the country. He bounced from the La Comedia Dinner Theatre in Ohio to the Sierra Repertory Theatre and Equity House in California (gaining some equity points, nice work, Josh!), back to Portsmouth, then to New York City, then back to Portsmouth again, which he continues to call home.
“New York was where I first started juggling auditions with working in the food service industry,” he tells us in between welcoming new customers to the bar and checking up on those who need refills. “My first restaurant gig was with Bubba Gump Shrimp in Times Square.” As we all know, “Shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sauté it…”
When Josh came back to Portsmouth after performing in some small shows in NYC, he kept theater as his side income and passion alongside working in the food service industry. He’s been with the BBC for four years, and it’s his favorite restaurant he’s worked for. “I love working for such a positive and team-oriented staff,” he says. Well, Josh, we love having you!
Josh performed in Spamalot this past summer, and you can catch him onstage again this upcoming weekend. He’ll be performing in Equus at the Player’s Ring from March 2-18. For more information on tickets and show times, visit http://playersring.org/2017/05/equus/ .
Break a leg, Josh!