|(Jennifer and Apollo's head at the British Museum)|
Tell us your I wanna be an actor story...
I'm a bit of a fraud in that I never really, truly wanted to be an actor. But theatre has just been so much fun that once I tried it, I couldn't leave. Then first time I fell in love was with Enjolras in a big, professional production of Les Miserables at the Queen E. My 14 year old self swooned. The more I learned about theatre, the more I loved it. I mainly do musicals, so this show is a nice change for me, and a real challenge too. I admire people who commit their lives to the craft of acting, it's tough!
What is your favourite role to date and why?
I have many favourite roles, but my most favourite - right now - was the last one I did: Miss Jones in "How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." It was in Stanley Park this past summer with Theatre Under the Stars. I got to do a fun number with just me and all the good-looking men in suits. Plus it was an outdoor stage, so that was fun. One night a bug flew up my nose but hey, the show must go on.
|(Jennifer in "How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" at TUTS)|
If you could be part of any theatre production in the world, what would that be?
Something with the Royal Shakespeare Company. I am a huge fan of Shakespeare, though I have not yet attempted to perform any of his work. I have studied him quite a bit in school so to do any kind of work with the RSC would be a dream.
Why do you think Speech & Debate is an important story to tell?
It's important because it accurately represents real teenagers and the issues they go through. These three teens are quirky, unique, intelligent - and all trying to find their place in the world. I wish I was this weird and wonderful in high school. Instead I was falling in love with fictional characters from musicals.
If you had one piece of advice for aspiring young actors, either just starting a training program or going to their first audition, what would that be?
Don't be afraid to make mistakes - just give 'er! It's part of learning and honing your craft. And it makes you human.
I couldn't agree more. Make sure you see Speech & Debate at Studio 1398 from Oct.2-12! Tickets available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/430218 or at the door!
-Jess Van Elk