For most people, childhood aspirations are far-fetched. Few end up as rock stars, actors, models, super heroes or astronauts.
But, for Wes Hart, his childhood dream of becoming an actor actually came true. After finishing a six-week understudy role as Gaston, in “Beauty and the Beast” at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Hart is currently on an eighty-five-city tour throughout the United States and Canada, playing the lead role in the musical, “Urban Cowboy.” The tour began in January and will close in May.
Hart is no stranger to performing. Growing up in Edmond where his family still resides, his interest in theatrical arts blossomed while attending Santa Fe High School. He learned dance at his mother’s dance studio, developing talents in ballet, jazz and tap.
Hart also sang in the school choir, acted in school plays and performed in “West Side Story” and “A Chorus Line” during the summer of his sophomore and junior years while interning at the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma. He even learned to play the drums. “I had a rock band in high school.” he said.
After graduating in 2002, Hart looked at performing art departments at several colleges, choosing Oklahoma City University where he graduated cum laude with a bachelor of music and music theatre in 2006. During the summers, Hart performed in fifteen shows at the Music Theatre of Wichita. Highlights include “Wizard of Oz,” and “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.”
At OCU, Hart performed in a wide variety of shows under the keen eye of guest director, Bob Durkin who directed school musicals, “Seussical” and “Guys and Dolls.” It was Durkin who urged him to audition for “Urban Cowboy