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March 7, 2013

Goshen native Philip Proctor to perform at GC with Los Angles Guitar Quartet



Behind the scenes

Proctor became King Gerard on “The Smurfs,” after which he landed guest spots on other Saturday morning cartoons. His resume has come to include a vocal presence on the big screen, too.

“It’s not always appearing on camera,” Proctor said of the entertainment world. “There are all other kinds of ways of making an interesting living in this business, being unseen.”

Proctor pointed out that he’ll appear on screen in the soon-to-be-released indie film “Window of Opportunity.” He plays an accountant. This week, he’ll be seen in the flesh at Goshen College.

Proctor’s “Don Quixote” gig originally belonged to John Cleese of film and Monty Python fame. Cleese and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet had a hit with “Quixote,” but Cleese had to bow out to embark on his “Alimony Tour.” The role — several, actually — is now Proctor’s.

“You get an opportunity to see a crazy guy like me becoming all these different characters right before your eyes,” he said of the “Quixote” experience.

In addition to onstage multi-tasking, Proctor plans to revisit part of his past while he’s in town.

He intends to stop by that brick house on Fifth Street where he spent many summers. His childhood friend Robert Riddle will be a guest at the GC show, and Proctor said his cousin Betsy (Muir) and her husband Mike Kastro of Goshen will be in attendance, too. They’re set to see a show Proctor is delighted to provide.

“I never dreamed I’d have an opportunity to perform in my own hometown through this particular venue,” he said. Proctor said he looks forward to bringing joy and laughter to the auditorium.

“I’m absolutely thrilled,” he said.

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