Living his dream

Keith Rice in Camelot
Keith Rice in Camelot

Just look at our Cover Star, Keith Rice!

How can this man — a longtime local thespian and a local treasure — be 60?

What is his secret?

Naps. He swears by them. And he stretches every day and usually runs on a treadmill for three miles every other day. He lifts weights — not just at home, but also at his primary workplace, Chanhassen Dinner Theaters, where he practices a regular ab-strengthening routine, too.

Rice also credits his good health to weekly sauna sessions and supplements such as fish oil, lecithin, magnesium powder and probiotics — plus plenty of liquids.

Keeping a positive attitude is also important to Rice.

That makes sense to me.

This man, who I recently saw perform as the lead in Camelot — a whimsical, passionate King Arthur — isn’t just charismatic, energetic and a theatrical all-star.

He radiates joy ­— that positive attitude.

Rice is miraculously on his 41st production at Chanhassen, not an easy feat for a stage actor, even in a theater town like Minneapolis/St Paul.

Humility has also been a value for the Champlin husband and father.

“He’s deeply committed to being a working actor, and that means he’ll do whatever role he’s asked to do and will do it happily,” said Kris Howland, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres’ public relations director.

Indeed, this spring, Rice will return to the Chanhassen stage in a relatively small role in Grease, which opens March 3.

“I’m going from being a king to being a smarmy DJ,” Rice quipped.

With Camelot, however, Rice is realizing a lifelong dream.

He was 7 years old, growing up in Long Island, N.Y., when his mother came home with the original cast album for Camelot.

“I was transfixed from the moment I heard the first notes of the overture. And when I heard Robert Goulet singing C’est Moi, I said; ‘I want to do that.’”

See Rice for yourself in Camelot, showing through Feb. 25.