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LePage began "acting" bringing history to life through improvised portrayals of real people from the past, first with the National Park Service and other historic sites and museums from Oregon to British Columbia for over 8 years.  He's developed and given presentations, and written, performed, and produced his own one-man shows, all in character, specializing in early Pacific Northwest history spanning from Lewis & Clark to the beginning of Oregon statehood.  He's also appeared on the nationally televised PBS "History Detectives" series over three seasons in roles ranging from a bartender to Robert E. Lee!  He's addressed the Oregon House of Representatives as pioneer legislator "Robert Newell," and appeared on OPB's Oregon Experience's Road to Statehood episode during the Oregon Sesquicentennial as the bearded French Canadian, Etienne Lucier.  Oregon Public Broadcasting produced and premiered LePage portraying "Englishman Thomas Hutchinson, Traveling Thespian" on Christmas Eve 2010, broadcasting his own shortened version of Dickens' Christmas Carol as a one-hour radio program on stations throughout the state since then.  He continues to "live in the past" each year during the holidays with dramatic readings of "A Christmas Carol" to benefit charity in the guise of a ficticious "Victorian Englishman," giving them in the same manner as Dickens actually did, either using or based upon the author's own historic script!  One of his sweetest performances was as the "visiting preacher" when he gave his 30-minute version as a "narrative sermon" for a church in England for their Christmas morning service! 

"Bringing history to life by portraying people from past," says LePage, "is a very powerful way to engage people, and connect them with the history of where they live.  Great stories can make people more aware of the reality around them, connecting them with others and within themselves for greater understanding and compassion. Live drama can bring these great stories to life in a way that provides both entertainment and insight.  And sure, I'm 'performing' but it's really more than that for me.  I'm really preaching, it's like being able to give one of the best sermons I've ever heard in my life, over and over again!  I'm on fire!  It feels so meaningful.  Hence it truly is a performance with passion and purpose.  So, given all this and the themes of personal transformation and charity in Dickens 'A Christmas Carol,' it simply makes a lot of sense to donate my time and talents to benefit others through dramatic readings of this particular story."

Hunger is most often the concern that LePage's Christmas Carol performances seek to prevent.  In fact, it was something LePage experienced as a young man when the Boston school he'd been working at as a teacher unexpectedly closed over the winter holiday break.  His savings were meager, and deciding not to go on unemployment at the time, struggled to make ends meet.  He decided to pay his bills and had little money left for food.  So, he got hungry for the very first time in his life.  He was not starving, of course, but remembers it being winter and spring, and he felt cold and hungry, and may even have been slightly malnourished as time went on. That experience has stuck with him ever since, and that's why his primary focus is to donate all proceeds to benefit organizations that help prevent hunger close to home.

"I've always had this thing about making some sort of very personal connection with the places and people of times past," says LePage, "ever since I took a trip across the country as a young man to experince and learn about America's significant natural and historic sites.   Maybe it started on my first stop in Philadelphia, when during a tour of Independance Hall, I asked if I could play the piano there, and the tour guide said, "yes!"  I played a short piece I had composed to the delight of those in the tour group, my first audience perhaps?  But my connections grew over time and continued.  During the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial I walked 16 miles along the same approximate route similarly done by Captain Clark himself to finally reach the Pacific Ocean on the same historic calendar date, 200 years to the day.  I did MY first real performance in the Pacific Northwest at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in 2000, where THE first real performances happend in the Pacific Northwest in 1845!  Performing in Boston, on location where Charles Dickens himself actually did both his first reading in America at the historic Parker House Hotel, and where he gave his first public performance on the very same historic calendar date in the existing concert hall venue at 88 Tremont Street took my personal connection to the places and people of history to new heights!  But when I first performed in England for the very same charity Dickens himself did in Birmingham, England, with one of his great grandsons in attendance, plus the opportunity to later visit and stand on the same stage Dickens gave the performance in 1853 . . . it was more dream than reality.   

LePage, a native of Framingham, MA, besides being an actor/producer is also the director of the non-profit trail organization he founded in 1994 and still passionate about its mission of "Keeping the Coast for Everyone" through trails, public access and coastal preservation.  He's performed Dickens' Christmas Carol since 2006, beginning in the USA, then Canada, and eventually in England, too.  During 2013 his awareness of being in a major life transition continued to be validated within himself, which currently includes his firm decisionnot to perform The Carol during next year's 2014 holiday season.  (Please revisit this website for updates in late 2015.)  He currently resides in Portland, Oregon with his healthy, beautiful and loving cat, Olivia!