Ray Seams, who plays Hortensio and Zany #3, hails from San Antonio, Texas. He has a BA from the University of Northern Colorado.

What are you looking forward to the most about this tour; why did you want to become involved? What do you hope to learn?

I love tours! Growing up I got to see a lot of shows that came through San Antonio and it really made an impact on my life. I took this tour so I could make that same impact on someone else's life. If I never experienced live theatre as a child I probably wouldn't be doing what I do today.

What do you hope to contribute or give to young audiences during this tour?

I want young audiences to listen and not just watch. So often now we just let our eyes take control, which isn't necessarily a bad thing but we forget that our ears play a vital part in storytelling. I'm hoping they understand our show as much as they enjoy watching all of our crazy antics. So far so good.

Why do you think live theatre is important? 

Live theatre is important because of the magic it creates. There's something so beautiful about someone on stage telling a story right in front of you. It's important to share things with people but more specifically to them, not to a camera. Live performance creates an energy that can't be explained. A live audience is a powerful force and combined with some amazing storytelling, you have something beautiful that can't be replicated. Sure you can repeat the show a million times but it will never be exactly the same, that's what's so perfect about theatre. Every show is an opportunity to find new depth or meaning, to create more layers of a character you thought you already knew. It's never perfect and you’re never done rehearsing, you're just experiencing and living in the moment, the audience is there to watch, listen and help you on your journey.

The Tour is on the road through mid-April, stopping in forty+ venues in three states. You can learn more at

http://www.bard.org/education/tour.html