Local actor finds second home at Melbourne Civic Theatre


Susan Suomi is a seasoned actor at the Melbourne Civic Theater, who will be starring in “The Country House,” which runs from March 22 through April 28.

Courtesy of Susan Suomi

Susan Suomi, 66, is a seasoned actor who has found a theater home at the intimate 93-seat Melbourne Civic Theatre, where she treads the boards.

“Melbourne Civic Theatre is my home away from home,” Suomi said. “It’s a successful little theater with a dedicated and talented director and tech crew.”

Her current role at MCT is Anna in “The Country House” by playwright David Margulies. Set to open March 22, it is a play about a family of actors.

“Anna is the matriarch of this family who has gathered on the one-year anniversary of the death of Anna’s daughter,” Suomi said.

Suomi currently is a service coordinator for seniors in HUD independent living housing in Brevard County. But, acting and forming flesh and blood characters from the pages of a stage play is her passion.

“I have a need to create and I love the challenge that performing brings to my life,” Suomi said. “Even though it’s challenging, the pleasure at the end is worth it all.”

One of Suomi’s favorite things about acting is preparation. She reads the play several times, thinks about the character’s history, their relationships with other characters and even their clothes and other details.

“There is always something that helps me to become the character,” she said. “It might be an article of clothing, a petticoat, a hat. It might be a prop, an umbrella or a cigarette. It might be an accent. It’s always different.”

Her love of acting began at 14 when she walked into a local community theater and auditioned for “The King and I.”

“I was cast as one of the Asian wives,” Suomi said. “I was told that I would need to dye my hair black. So, I went home and told my parents what I had done. They were stunned. ‘You went where? You did what? You’re dying your hair black?’  From then on they never missed a production, until I married and moved away.”

“The Country House” runs March 22 through April 28, with Friday, Saturday and Sunday showtimes. The Melbourne Civic Theatre is at 817 Strawbridge Ave. in Melbourne.

For information, call 321-723-6935 or got to mymct.org