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Junior Collin Jackson discovers his talents

By Peter Hyle

Coming to a school as large as FC may give some new students a reason to be shy and unsure of themselves. There are so many programs available that it can often be hard finding the right path, but for junior Collin Jackson, he knew exactly where he belonged. Joining the theater program at the start of this school year, Jackson has already found himself a lead role.

Knowing that he wanted to participate in theater, Jackson started the new school year with determination.

“He always comes in prepared, learns music quickly, and when he doesn’t know something very well, he practices extremely hard to get better at it,” said theater teacher Robbie Steiner.

Though he has previously acted in plays, such as The Music Man, Jackson is ecstatic about the role he has obtained in the upcoming show, Godspell.

“For each show, all the actors interested have to audition in front of the directors. In this particular case, the show is a classroom project, so only the students in the musical theater class were allowed to audition,” said Jackson.

For the new show, Jackson is playing the role of Jesus himself.

“The role I play has a fairly large amount of lines. He has to be a leader to the rest of the cast, which is different from how I usually am,” said Jackson.

Though the role has obvious challenges, Jackson recognizes this and concerns himself with doing the best job he can.

“The responsibility involved is finding how to display to the audience that my character is both authoritative and friendly. Basically, I just want to make sure I’m doing my job really well, otherwise the whole point of the show could be missed,” said Jackson.

In the past, Jackson has spent time with a program called iTheatrics, a summer workshop in New York. Giving him the motivation to continue forward with his passion, he looks back on his time there as a helpful reminder.

“It gave me some confidence in what I was doing and brought a lot of reality into theatre for me,” said Jackson.

Aside from the positive outlook added to his theatre career, Jackson credits the program for much more than that.

“The program I was involved with encouraged me to make choices, and to look beyond what lines are directly stating. As a whole, the trip was a boost. It helped me to decide that theatre is what I want to do,” said Jackson.

Looking past what lies in front of him, Jackson is optimistic about his future here at FC.

“Even though I’ve only been here for a short amount of time, I have grown to know so many people and I truly feel accepted,” said Jackson, “I appreciate each individual involved in theatre, and cannot wait to see how the rest of my experience here turns out.”

Theatre arts prepares for ‘A Christmas Carol’

By Lauren Holstner

A Christmas Carol has gone from the book to the silver screen and will now to be seen on the stage at FC this November. Theatre director Chris Bundy has chosen this play because it is well known by people and is one of their favorites.

Bundy has a lot of confidence that his students will complete this play to their best ability.

“I think they’ll do amazingly and it’s also New Albany students; it’s a joint production,” he said.

Among the NA students who received leads is David Kane, who will be playing the role of Bob Cratchit. There will also be many students from the elementary schools participating in this production.

“It’s always fun working with New Albany. I think it’s great working with other schools, to see them work together and get new friends,” said Bundy.

Freshman Caitlin Fien will be the youngest member of the production’s tap chorus. Fien is looking forward to the various numbers she will be performing in.

“I’m looking forward to the Ghost of Christmas Present dance the most. We wear these hats with food on them, and have green velvet dresses,” said Fien. “Imagine me tap dancing with a pie on my head!”

Senior Erica Mohler was cast as Mrs. Fezziwig, but worries that she may display characteristics of her Drowsy Chaperone role.

“The hardest part about performing my character would probably be not falling back into previous characters. As an actor it’s really easy, when you have two characters that are really similar, to repeat their personalities on stage,” said Mohler.

Show dates to see A Christmas Carol are on Nov. 4, 5, 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m., or Nov. 6 and 13 at 2 p.m.

Freshmen Melissa Renfrow said her favorite part of the play is the dancing, since she was in Oliver and that was her favorite part of that play. These students all have different reasons for being theatre and acting.

This play also has special meaning for Bundy.

“Well, yes, it does since this is my year I’m going to retire and it was one of my favorite stories. We did it so it’s a perfect ending,” he said.