Walter Bender Articles by: Walter Bender

Walter Bender is a veteran of over 35 years performing all over the country. He attended Texas Lutheran University as a Theatre Arts and Vocal Performance major. While in college he toured much of the Southern and Western states with various acting and singing groups. He appeared briefly on radio in San Antonio and on TV in Miami while in college. Moving back to PA, he has performed in well over 100 amateur and professional theatrical productions, and directed dozens more throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Among his favorite roles are Lt. Colonel Jessup (A Few Good Men), Daddy Warbucks (Annie), and most recently he was George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Arguably his favorite theatrical memory was creating the role of Alan Frick in A Fast Train to Heaven for Bill Gottshall Productions. He is co-founder of Spring-Ford Community Theater, has served as Managing Director of 2 different theaters, Artistic Director of a third and President of another. He worked for the Delaware Valley Arts Institute, where he worked with many wonderful artists and instructors, culminating in being selected to facilitate a post-graduate course at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Currently he serves on the board of directors for dcp theatre as their Director of Corporate Communications.

Excellent Performances in COURT-MARTIAL AT FORT DEVENS

Around the Region, Reviews February 14, 2015 at 11:14 am 0 comments

Steel River Playhouse in Pottstown opened its latest production, COURT-MARTIAL AT FORT DEVENS on February 6th. Based on a true story, it relates the events in the latter days of World War II, when women enlisted in the WAC (Women’s Army Corps) and were trained in various non-combat fields. Several […]

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Bucks County Playhouse Offers PLAID TIDINGS To All

Professional Theatre December 13, 2014 at 7:52 pm 0 comments

Sequels are dangerous; in many cases they can’t capture the magic of the original property, and damage the franchise in doing so. There are, however, some exceptions to the rule. One such exception is currently running at Bucks County Playhouse…the Christmas sequel to FOREVER PLAID, named (appropriately enough) PLAID TIDINGS. […]

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Hidden Treasure On Display in EDGES at Playcrafters of Skippack

Around the Region December 9, 2014 at 12:39 pm 0 comments

Every once in a while a new property comes along that speaks to a certain generation. EDGES was written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul as 19-year old undergrads at the University of Michigan. A revue (or self-styled “song cycle”) about coming of age, growth, self-discovery, and poking fun at […]

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Beautiful Voices Shine in THE SOUND OF MUSIC

Around the Region December 9, 2014 at 7:22 am 0 comments

The story of the Von Trapp Family Singers is one of the more inspirational tales from the World War II era. The romanticized account of that story has charmed people for over 50 years. THE SOUND OF MUSIC is the latest production at Steel River Playhouse, and it carries on […]

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Thought Provoking Humor in THE BOOK OF MORON at Bucks County Playhouse

Professional Theatre November 29, 2014 at 11:49 am 0 comments

Bucks County Playhouse continues its holiday season with the second of Robert Dubac’s one-man shows, THE BOOK OF MORON. Not to be confused by a musical with a similar name, MORON is a thought-provoking tour through the playwright/performer’s mind. In this show, Bob (Dubac) has amnesia…he cannot remember several important […]

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Laughs Plentiful (From Men and Women) at THE MALE INTELLECT: AN OXYMORON

Professional Theatre November 17, 2014 at 8:19 pm 0 comments

From the title of the current production at Bucks County Playhouse, you might think a male-bashing is in store…some man-hating person, full of bitterness, spouting off about the ugly side of the male animal. Not true…in fact, what we have is a very talented and funny man, telling man-secrets to […]

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Playcrafters Brings DARK OF THE MOON to Light

Around the Region November 7, 2014 at 10:39 am 0 comments

“A witch boy from the mountain came, A-pinin’ to be human, Fer he had seen the fairest gal…A gal named Barbara Allen.” —Traditional English Folk Ballad The Ballad of Barbara Allen has been described as one of the most widely collected songs in the English language, with hundreds of versions […]

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THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW: The Tradition Continues at Bucks County Playhouse

Professional Theatre October 27, 2014 at 8:33 pm 0 comments

One of the great traditions at Bucks County Playhouse for many years was the annual production of THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW. With the rebirth of the historic theatre (celebrating their 75th year!) the tradition was reborn, and continues this year. And I have to say this is one of the […]

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THE MIRACLE WORKER: Classic Drama Featured at Steel River

Around the Region October 27, 2014 at 6:11 pm 0 comments

Sometimes I think it’s very risky for any theatre to do the classic pieces. Audiences have preconceived notions of what they will be seeing, and at the very least know the storyline, so it’s difficult to surprise or thrill the audience. However, when it’s done well, audiences will be very […]

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Go ON THE RAZZLE at Dramateurs For a Night of Silly Fun

Around the Region October 11, 2014 at 9:44 am 0 comments

ON THE RAZZLE is a term the British press use occasionally to describe a celebrity who has drunk (or is about to drink) a considerable amount of alcohol. In Tom Stoppard’s adaptation of the old Viennese play “Einen Jux will er sich Machen” by Johann Nestroy, the characters pretend to […]

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INCORRUPTIBLE Comedy at Playcrafters

Around the Region October 3, 2014 at 12:56 pm 0 comments

Who knew monks could be funny? Especially monks who specialize in grave robbing and fraud? If this sounds like your kind of entertainment, then does Playcrafters of Skippack have a show for you… INCORRUPTIBLE, an absurdist farce by Michael Hollinger, tells the story of an impoverished abbey in 1250 AD […]

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Is She or Isn’t She…NUTS? Question Answered at Forge Theatre

Around the Region September 19, 2014 at 5:04 am 0 comments

NUTS…is she or isn’t she? That is the basic question, and the basic plot of the latest production at Forge Theatre in Phoenixville. NUTS is the 1979 play by Tom Topor that explores the subjects of sexual abuse, family issues, and the aspects of the criminal court system. The play […]

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LA MANCHA at Dramateurs is Must-See

Around the Region August 26, 2014 at 9:30 pm 0 comments

There are certain seminal moments in the theatre that audiences are aware of and have certain expectations about. If the performers meet or exceed those expectations, the show is a hit…if not, even if everything else is perfect, the audience is left unsatisfied. MAN OF LA MANCHA has one such […]

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Salem Witch Trials Reborn in THE CRUCIBLE at Playcrafters

Around the Region August 26, 2014 at 8:52 pm 0 comments

THE CRUCIBLE, a 1953 play by Arthur Miller, is an adaptation of the Salem Witch Trials in 1692. Miller wrote the play as an allegory of McCarthyism which engulfed the country in the early 50’s, and was himself cited for Contempt of Congress for refusing to offer testimony before the […]

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SHREK Comes To Life at Upper Darby Summer Stage

Around the Region August 2, 2014 at 9:16 am 0 comments

The 39th season of Upper Darby Summer Stage visits the enchanted land of ogres, talking donkeys, princesses, and other fairytale creatures with their production of SHREK THE MUSICAL. SHREK is based on the Dreamworks animated movie and book by William Steig, about the ogre who finds acceptance, friendship and love. […]

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60’s Reborn in Playcrafters’ HAIR

Around the Region July 24, 2014 at 7:30 am 0 comments

“Give me a head with HAIR…Long, beautiful HAIR…” I am a child of the 60’s…born a little too late to actually participate, I still experienced the birth of the hippie movement, the social awakening, the drugs, free love, and the horror of the older generation toward the “misspent” youth of […]

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Tradition Continues at BCP: VANYA & SONIA & MASHA & SPIKE

Professional Theatre July 23, 2014 at 2:50 pm 0 comments

There is a long-standing tradition at Bucks County Playhouse. Beginning in their inaugural season, playwrights have had the opportunity to perform in their own plays. In that first season, Thornton Wilder starred as the Stage Manager in a production of his play, OUR TOWN. Fast forward to 2014, and the […]

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Marsha Mason Returns to Bucks County in DEATHTRAP

Professional Theatre June 25, 2014 at 10:17 pm 0 comments

Ira Levin’s DEATHTRAP holds the record for the longest-running comedy-thriller in Broadway history, and was nominated for a 1978 Tony Award for Best Play. This long-running thriller continues to pack them in, as evidenced by the latest production at Bucks County Playhouse. DEATHTRAP opens in the country home of Sidney […]

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Dramateurs Brings the Heat with AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY

Around the Region June 20, 2014 at 7:27 pm 0 comments

As the temperatures warm, we tend to go to the beach, huddle in air-conditioned homes, and find other ways to stay cool. For one family in a home outside of Pauhuska, Oklahoma however, the heat is turned up full. AUGUST:OSAGE COUNTY is the latest offering from Dramateurs, Inc. at the Barn, […]

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Broadway Classic Comes to Life at Steel River Playhouse: THE MUSIC MAN

Professional Theatre June 14, 2014 at 9:13 am 0 comments

There is a reason classic shows are classics…while the times may change, the way these shows affect us stays the same. Some shows make us laugh, some make us cry, some make us think, and some just make us feel good. And some…those special few…can make us do all of […]

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