Celebrating a love of the theater

Resident Ed Vilade (Front Center) performs in a production of “The Pirates of Penzance” at F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre in Rockville, MD in 2014. (Photo courtesy of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre)

By Elaine Hauptman
Resident Writer

Multi-talented, enthusiastic, exuberant, are all words to describe Riderwood resident, Ed Vilade. Ed is the chairperson of the Writer’s Guild, which produces the creative magazine “Tales from Riderwood,” is involved with resident recitals and “Riderwood Got Talent,” writes for the Riderwood Reporter newspaper, and is presently in rehearsal for his role in “Brigadoon” with the Rockville Musical Theater company.

You can join the Riderwood special trip on November 3rd, or venture forth yourself to see this exciting musical about the mystical town that appears only once in one hundred years. Ed has promised to sign autographs if you visit backstage after the performance.

His repertoire is diverse. It includes Shakespeare plays, grand opera, musical comedies, Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, and straight dramatic productions. From “Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat” from “Guys and Dolls” to “Horestes” for the Shakespeare Oxford Society, Ed has done it all. There are too few hours each day to accommodate his busy schedule.

Although Ed Vilade was a professional journalist and was news and sports editor in New Jersey, his first love has always been the theatre. Now he is in rehearsal five times each week for the November production of “Brigadoon” by the Rockville Musical Theatre. His tenor voice is still powerful, and although Ed has been in serious drama, musical operettas and musical comedy are his forte.

Ed Vilade appeared on the stage as a young man and has continued to face cheering audiences ever since. His beautiful tenor voice can be heard in his productions here at Riderwood, and in the Riderwood Gentleman’s Songsters.

His wife, Alice, works backstage and is involved in all of his performances. She also sings with the GraceNotes.

Ed was born in Gloucester, England. His mother was British and his father an American soldier. He adores Gilbert and Sullivan as well as John Phillip Sousa, known as the “March King.” Sousa wrote 137 marches, but also fifteen little-known operettas. These are favorites of our Renaissance man.

Ed Vilade played the role of Bottom in Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” had major roles in “My Fair Lady,” “Guys and Dolls” and is still studying voice and theater. He confesses he can no longer play the “romantic” leads, but now is sought after for more mature roles.

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