What do civil engineering and acting have in common? The answer is Casey Rauch, the male lead in The Santa Diaries. A civil engineer by day and an aspiring thespian in his off hours, Casey says he got involved in acting because he “was looking for an artistic outlet that was completely different from what I do for a living.” He started out by working with Tim Weigand and his theater company ArtHouse Live when he moved back to Easton in 2006. He helped out with shows and played bit parts, but by their final production, Brooklyn Boy, he had landed a lead role.
Casey took a break to help his wife with their two young boys, a job he says was way harder than the limited acting he had done. He was an extra in Cecile Davis’ short film Jolene which premiered at the Chesapeake Film Festival in October 2012 and the acting bug flooded back. Tim Weigand reached out to him to audition for The Santa Diaries and he landed the part of Will Hawes.
Casey said the hardest part about playing this role is making the audience hate his character at the beginning of the play, but like him and root for him by the end of the show as his character undergoes an emotional shift. He says he will know he’s successful if his three year old son enjoys the play. Casey loves that The Santa Diaries is a family show. He hopes all the kids who come will leave feeling happy, energized and in the Christmas spirit.