For Alum JM Appleby, Life on Stage is about Learning

Thursday, June 06, 2019

CLIMATE ONLINE (REDWOOD CITY) -- At Serra High School, he sang in the choir and also did musicals. He went on to San Francisco State and then Foothill College before launching off to Los Angeles, to “kind of just jump into the career of auditioning and getting up early and waiting in line. And then doing it all over again.”

He went to New York in 2006, where he studied acting, auditioned for parts and wrote and performed stand-up comedy routines. Later, he came back and taught at Charles Armstrong School. Over the years, he has appeared with Broadway by the Bay, and the Hillbarn and Pear Street Theaters, among other venues. His longest run prior to Beach Blanket Babylon was five months in Great America’s Main Theater. His credits include Ragtime and Chicago but it was at Beach Blanket Babylon, he says “where I got my rocks. That’s where I started getting it going.”