By Andrew Lococo
How is this production bringing something new to this story?
This production sheds a new light on this classic tale in ways that both strengthen the plot and character developments.
What do you love about this character?
What I love most about Smee is that he brings some lighthearted humor to the rather intense story. He is the most innocent of the pirates and plays Hook’s comical sidekick always seeking to please his superior.
Without giving anything away, what’s your favorite line of dialogue?
My favorite line from the show is “Mother.” I speak the line finishing Captain Hook’s sentence in several instances throughout the course of our many interactions. The reason behind why is because it’s practically the only line I can remember and can always say it confidently.
Besides yourself, which actor in this production is going to blow people away?
Lily Higgins (Captain Hook) without a doubt will steal the show. She brings such persona to the role that keeps in the spirit of Hook, but veers off to make it her own. I love it!
If you could play any other character in this show, who would it be?
Since childhood, Walt Disney’s animated version of Peter Pan was (and still is) my favorite movie. However, my true love of the story stems from the character of Captain Hook specifically. I used to dress up in the beautiful red coat with my plastic hook in hand and run about the house as if it was the Jolly Roger. In my basement, there also stands a 75 pound statue replica of the character from one of our many trips to Disney World too. I always have to debrief guests when they enter informing them of this childhood obsession. So, yes, if I could play any other role in the production, it would be Captain Hook.
What makes a good scene partner?
A critical casting decision, I believe, for a director is to search for that chemistry between actors and their relationship off-stage to enhance their characters on-stage. That chemistry must exist in a scene otherwise it will fall flat.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I am a senior and I will be attending St. Norbert College to study in the field of elementary education in the fall. I have always wanted to become a teacher, and now I’m on that path all these years later. I’m so excited, yet terrified for what the future holds!
If someone was going to make your life into a movie, who would play you?
Gene Kelly – I would love to sing and dance like Kelly did back in his ‘heyday.’ And lately, my youtube history has been cluttered with musical numbers. Sarah Mai also thinks that I look like Alan Cumming…so I’m not quite not sure what to make of that. But, Cabaret is amazing, so I’ll take it.
Who do you look up to (as an actor/director/etc.)?
Truthfully, as a human, I look up to Sarah Mai. She is exceptionally talented, beautiful, witty, smart, and such a great friend. Having known her since we were 4 years old, I can always count on her for anything.
What do you do when you’re not doing theatre?
Nothing…this is literally all I do. Sad isn’t it. No, I absolutely love it. My second address might as well be ‘HHS James Barr Auditorium, 5000 W. Mequon Road.’
If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next?
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – The music is amazing!