CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Danny Boman's first test as an actor came when he was in the second grade and faked asthma attacks to get out of class.
It worked, too, until a smart teacher figured him out - and suggested maybe he could find an outlet for his, er, creativity, in a theater program.
"Mrs. Ferguson - I recently tracked her down and thanked her," said Boman, a native of San Diego.
He found many outlets for acting in the San Diego area, including the Christian Youth Theater, an after-school theater arts program for kids 4-18 that has become the largest youth theater in the country, with affiliates in cities across the United States.
"I was very fortunate," Boman said. "I have tried to give back to them - I've gone back to teach there."
After he earned his theater degree, Boman set out to launch his professional career and he's been busy ever since.
His current gig, begun last June, is with the traveling production of the classic musical, "Fiddler on the Roof," which makes a stop at the Clay Center April 4 as part of the Broadway Series.
When the tour closes out at the end of April, Boman hopes it won't be the last time he is a part of the show featuring the charming Tevye, battling with changing traditions in his Russian Jewish community in 1905.
"I want to do this one over and over again," Boman said.
In this production, he's got a big-little part.