The English teacher who quits the classroom to pursue his acting career fulltime. And the opera singer and Marilyn Monroe tribute performer who could stop traffic downtown and make you wonder, “What in the world is she doing here?”
For now, Dave and Seraphim Afflick, married for 18 months, live in Concord and continue to feel their way around for the right stage in life. They got married at the Capitol Center for the Arts and look like a real Hollywood couple each year at Oscar night at the Red River Theatre.
On Thursday, Valentine’s Day, Dave will do stand-up comedy at Tandy’s Pub, the start of what Doris Ballard hopes will be a regular comedy night there on the second Thursday of each month. Seraphim will sing, the power of her voice grabbing your attention and holding it.
Ballard is the boss at ConcordTV and a local businesswoman who’s got her own story. The one about a woman in her 70s who does stand-up and is trying to establish Concord as a hotspot for New England comedy.
But acting is his thing. With his slicked-back hair sweeping like an ocean wave and rugged good looks, Afflick has been the ideal choice to play a hard-boiled figure, like a cop and a detective in independent films. His patient demeanor and approachable manner have also allowed him to portray a middle-aged dad.
Once, he drove around New England and to New York City, auditioning for acting roles, squeezing them into an already-tight schedule, storing a voice in the back of his mind that told him there was a void in his life, a dream, unfulfilled potential.
“I’m helping kids and watching these kids grow and do their dreams,” Afflick said. “I knew I affected people, but I did not want to be on my death bed in 50 years and say I had some success, I’m doing some stuff, why didn’t you try to do it all the way? Just for a little bit. See what happens.”
He’s appeared in more than 30 independent films, some of which can be seen on Amazon, YouTube and at independent movie festivals.
His most recent work, a non-speaking role, will air Feb. 20 on Investigation Discovery. He’s playing a lawman, a marshal, in the series In Pursuit With John Walsh.
He’s done lots of New England-based commercials, including ads for a casino, insurance companies and banks. Once he was a hand model, handing off a set of keys for $1,000 during a two-hour shoot for Colorado Credit Union.
Seraphim earns money performing as well. She grew up in Connecticut and taught dance and choreography there. She sings opera and as a child performed in cathedrals all over the country through her church group. She even sang at the Vatican. She sang as part of a symphony orchestra in Montreal. She still sings with the Lakes Region Orchestra.
“I’ve always been a performer, my whole life,” Seraphim says. “So when you’re not doing that, part of your heart hurts. I believe God gives you these talents for a reason, to bring some good to people.”
Seraphim came to Concord to audition for a part in 9 to 5 and met Dave, who was also trying out. She got the part played in the movie by Dolly Parton. She says she’s working on a soundtrack for a major Hollywood director, adding that she was sworn to secrecy and could reveal no details.
“The girl is magical,” Dave says. She lights up any situation. She’s magical.”
She’s also judged. In a state known for overalls and cows and granite and the Old Man of the Mountain, devoid of any real metropolitan areas, Seraphim stands out, leading people to believe she’s pretentious.
The platinum hair. The red lipstick. The over-the-top warmth. The red carpet-like gown at Oscar night, which she’ll wear on Feb. 24 at the Red River Theatre.
But then you learn she once worked with victims of sexual abuse. You learn she has battled breast cancer, with the surgery and the chemo and all that stuff. You learn she lived on a farm in Lebanon, and she rescued animals in Vermont, llamas and cows and a pig. You
learn she’d love to start a ministry and teach children music.
And this from Doris Ballard, who will host the comedy show Thursday at Tandy’s: “People in New Hampshire don’t get her. She fits into New York City or the West Coast, and then they would say, ‘Oh yeah, she belongs.’ ”
Dave will tell jokes and continue to act, picking up roles where ever he can. They’re not sure where they’ll go from here. Seraphim says she loves New Hampshire, but New York City might one day be calling.
They know one thing, however: they’re entertainers.
“I’m just trusting there is a niche,” Dave said. “We’re trying to figure out where that niche is.”