Norwegian Cruise Line Singer Not Ship Shape Goes Mental – There are a lot of reasons to support mental health services in this world, and Walker Vreeland adds his story to the mix in the tragicomic one-man play “From Ship to Shape.”
Vreeland scored a job as a singer on a Norwegian Cruise Lines ship headed for Bermuda in 2003 that seemed ideal (at least to us). But the experience led to a mental breakdown that would find him waking up months later in a bed at Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center.
This should make for a riveting story, with some humor, when Vreeland performs the autobiographical show at 7 p.m. May 9 in the main building of Fellowship Place’s campus at 441 Elm St.
But wait, there’s more, as they say on informercials. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and guests may visit the art room for refreshments and an exhibit of original work created by the artists of Fellowship Place’s Expressive Arts program. Following the performance will be an audience talk-back with Vreeland, now an actor and radio host.
In 2003, Norwegian Cruise Line sailed Norwegian Sea to Bermuda from New York and Philadelphia. Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center is located in southeast Baltimore City, Maryland.
Walker Vreeland (Host/Executive Producer) is an award-winning radio personality, producer, writer, actor, singer and voice over artist. As a radio personality, he is best known for having hosted The Afternoon Show on 102.5 WBAZ-FM on Long Island, and as the creator and host of the successful podcast Interview with the Artist where he has interviewed such stars as Cyndi Lauper, Joy Behar, Betty Buckley, David Brenner, Sally Struthers, James Frey, Paula Poundstone, Cheech Marin, Sandra Bernhard and Jane Krakowski. He’s also been heard on 92.9 & 96.9 WEHM on Long Island, 103.9 WFAS in Westchester, NY, 96.7 ‘The Coast’ in Norwalk, CT and WEBE 108 in Bridgeport, CT.
As an actor and singer, Walker has worked extensively in theater, film and television. New York theater credits include: Little Women (with Deborah Gibson & Elaine Stritch), Erostratus, Just So Stories (Theaterworks USA), and the award-winning musical revue Our Life & Times (Winner of 1999 MAC and Bistro Awards). He got his Equity Card originating the role of Arthur in Arthur’s Christmas at The Vineyard Playhouse and has done several national tours. He’s been seen on MTV, VH1, CBS Daytime (Guiding Light) and his films include: Sex Farce, Thinking Out Loud, and A Beautiful Mind.
In April 2016, his autobiographical monologue From Ship to Shape was presented at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, NY as part of their New Works Festival; and in May 2016, it was accepted into the New York International Fringe Festival. In September 2017, From Ship to Shape will make its New York premiere at the United Solo Theatre Festival.
He is a graduate of Walnut Hill School for the Arts, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and Connecticut School of Broadcasting. Walker was voted #1 Personality in the Hamptons of 2013, 2014 and 2015 (Platinum Award) by Dan’s Papers.