I made Max Father Christmas in Narnia the first time I met him. I thought it would be funny….but really, he was the only one besides Will Dowsett with an older fatherly air about him. He came to HHS as a Junior and was quite awkward and nice at first, then his confidence grew and now he’s a heathen….ok, maybe not a heathen, but you know what I’m talking about. Anyway, this kid is great, he has a passion which is rare in kids these days. I believe Max will go far and enjoy where life takes him.
1. What inspired your journey into the Arts?
A woman named Tyne Turner. She was a teacher at first stage who completely changed my view on acting, theatre, and pretty much life. Under her direction I went from a kid on stage to an actor. She probably doesn’t remember who I am, nor does she care, but here’s to you Tyne.
2. Who is your Character and how have you created that personality? What has been the biggest challenge you have come across in your character so far?
My character is the director Ken. I wasn’t sure where I’d ever get the inspiration for a neurotic, obsessive, slightly psychotic director, but I managed something. Usually from looking in the mirror or watching Figg.
3. What are your funniest and worst experiences performing in front of an audience?
Hmmmm, well there was Mushnik. Period. Worst would be when I went through two whole runs of The Crucible needing to pee. If you ever wondered why John Proctor was so angry, it was because he needed to piss, bad.
4. If you had a chance to work with anyone of your choosing, who would it be?
I would love to work with Jack Nicholson. But not act with him or anything, just like build a shed with him. Plant a garden maybe.
I’m incredibly proud of all I’ve accomplished these past two years. I hope to make a difference one day through my work. That’s when you know you’re creating something worthwhile.
6. What do you want to do After High School? Do you have any dreams or hopes for the Future? Do you know where you are going to school?
I plan on attending Columbia Chicago next year and eventually becoming a starving artist or a big shot Hollywood director. Either way.
7. Which three famous people would you invite to dinner and why [dead celebrities included]? And what tasty treat would you prepare?
William Shakespeare, Cary Grant, and Niel Patrick Harrison. And I would serve the timeless aphrodisiac champagne and strawberries.
I like the type of music with notes and maybe lyrics. Oh, and instruments, those are usually cool. But not always.
9. Have you read any plays lately? What are your favorite?
Earlier this year I read Death of a Salesman, one of the saddest plays I’ve ever read. Spoiler alert: the salesman dies.
10. Tell us 5 interesting and unknown facts about yourself!
I’m a hashtag poet.
I love loud, obnoxious, dirty cities and I detest the suburbs.
I cry during movies.
I sing in my car.
I can’t sing. Even a little bit.