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Q&A with a Beatle impersonator;

Q&A with a Beatle impersonator;

October 14
09:56 2016

Q&A with a Beatle impersonatorPublished Oct 13, 2016 at 12:02AMWho: Actor and drummer Axel Clarke portrays Ringo Starr in Abbey Road. After successful visits the last two years, the Beatles tribute act will return to the Tower Theatre in Bend at 7 p.m. Sunday to perform “In My Life — A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles.”As its name suggests, the all-ages show is part theater, part concert, tracing The Beatles’ career arc through the eyes of narrator Brian Epstein, played by Murphy Martin. The Bend High School String Quartet — senior Isabella McIlvenna, junior Abbigail Kolcun and sophomores Molleigh Weaver and Julian Simmons — will join the faux Fab Four on the classics “Eleanor Rigby,” “Yesterday,” “A Day in the Life,” “Hello Goodbye” and “Hey Jude.” Tickets are $35 to $55, plus a $3 preservation fee, and are available at and the Tower Theatre box office at 835 NW Wall St., Bend, or by calling 541-317-0700.Q: How did you end up a part of Abbey Road?A: It was maybe not poetic or romantic — but they put out an ad, “Hey, we’re casting a Beatles band for a play. If you’re interested, come on in for auditions.” It sounded like fun, so I went into a rehearsal room, they had, like, 50 other Beatles guys in there, and they just started mixing and matching us all until they got down to the four they liked. From there they said, “OK, here’s the script, here’s the concept we have.” Seven years later, I’m still doing it.

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