A multi-talented, dynamic performer, Rick Roach contributes his talents to the theatre scene of Brevard County, Florida with zeal and enthusiasm. His first role on the Space Coast stage was Will Parker in Oklahoma at The Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse (CVP). Subsequent years saw him broaden his experience and deepen his range in such strikingly memorable roles as Sweeney Todd in the Phoenix Production Company’s 1995 performance, Henry Higgins in the 1998 production of My Fair Lady at CVP, and Harold Hill in the Music Man that same year. His ability to play the villain and the hero was dramatically typified by his turn as George Bailey in Wonderful Life! at Christmas 1996, followed seven months later by his chilling performance as John Wilkes Booth in the Phoenix’s Assassins.
In between roles in the remarkably innovative Floyd Collins as the title character in 1999, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (2002 & 2007 as the show-stopping Pharaoh-Elvis), A Christmas Carol (2005, 2006 & 2012 as the memorable Ebenezer Scrooge) and 1776 as John Dickinson (2007, 2008, 2009 & 2010), Roach sang in Swing! (2005 & 2006) and served as the Master of Ceremonies for the Performers Cabaret in 2009 and 2010. He hosted CVP’s Home for the Holidays in 2011, as well as sang and played guitar.
His most memorable and visceral roles in recent years are his tour de force performance as Jekyll and Hyde in the gripping musical of the same name (2008) and a reprise of his title role in the harrowing Sweeney Todd (2010).
The high point of Roach’s career occurred in February 2013 with the role of Sheldon Feldman in the world premiere of Tony Macauley’s Build Me Up, Buttercup–The Musical.
Rick Roach continues to astound his fans and stretch his range with his strong baritone and fearless stage presence as he represents the best that The Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse has to offer the community.