Jasper native, Walker High grad performs in Red Mountain Theater’s production of ‘Little Women'
by James Phillips
Apr 05, 2013 | 2514 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jasper native B.J. Underwood as John Brooke in the Red Mountain Theatre Company’s performance of “Little Women” sings a duet with Kristin Bowden Sharp as Meg March. Special to the Eagle - Stewart Edmonds
Jasper native B.J. Underwood as John Brooke in the Red Mountain Theatre Company’s performance of “Little Women” sings a duet with Kristin Bowden Sharp as Meg March. Special to the Eagle - Stewart Edmonds
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B.J. Underwood knew he wanted to be an actor since he was a ninth-grader at Walker High School.

Underwood, now a stage actor in Birmingham, is performing through Sunday in “Little Women” for the Red Mountain Theatre Company.

“My freshman year, the Birmingham Children’s Theatre did ‘Sound of Music.’ I auditioned and got a role in the play,” he said. “I did three or four shows for them each year through high school.”

Underwood was also a member of Walker’s theatre drama class until he graduated in 2004. He continued to act in plays throughout college at the University of Montevallo.

“I graduated from Montevallo in December 2008, and in the summer of 2009 I went to North Carolina to act with a group in the small town of Manteo,” he said.

Underwood did outdoor dramas in Manteo throughout that summer, performing in “The Lost Colony,” “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Oklahoma.”

Since that time, Underwood has performed in a variety of shows in the Birmingham area. “Little Women” is his first time performing with Red Mountain Theatre Company.

“Little Women” is based on Louisa May Alcott’s famous novel and follows the adventures of Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March as they grow up in Civil War America.

Underwood plays John Brooke, a character who ultimately marries the oldest of the four sisters, Meg March.

“It’s not a huge role,” Underwood said. “I think it is a cool role. I get the opportunity to sing a great duet with Kristen Bowden Sharp, who plays Meg.”

“Little Women” is a part of RMTC’s Youth Series. The show opened Thursday and will continue through Sunday at the RMTC Cabaret Theatre, located at 301 19th Street North. The production is family-friendly and appropriate for all ages. Show times are Thursday through Sunday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling 205-324-2424 or visiting www.redmountaintheatre.org.

This performance will not be Underwood’s last with Red Mountain. He has already been cast in the stage version of the Adam Sandler film “The Wedding Singer.” Underwood said he will play the lead character’s best friend, who is also the bass player in his band.

“It’s really a comic relief role,” he said. “I’m very excited about it.”

“The Wedding Singer” will hit the same stage May 2-19.

Like most stage actors, Broadway is a goal for Underwood. He said he’s also interested in film and television work. The 26-year-old said he’s planning to move to New York at some point in the near future. “If I can find a way to make a living pretending to be someone else, I’ll do that,” he said.