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More Than Play: Profiles of “Spinning Into Butter” Actors

In the second installment of the close-up on RU Theatre's production of Spinning Into Butter, some of the actors were asked about their personal journeys with the production. Take a moment to share their experiences and some of what a student actor's life is like.

Joe Toscano

Joe Toscano

Name, age, Academic Year, and Major
Joe Toscano, 22, Senior, Theatre

Why did you audition for the show?
Well, of course, for my major and my focus which is performance but I got here because I love acting and the process. The theatre is a magical place.

What is your role, and tell me a little about your character.
I portray Mr. Meyers, a security guard for the college. He is a genuinely kind and accepting man who is a little past his prime.

What is your favorite thing about the show?
I love the tension this show creates, in the audience and onstage. It is very thought-provoking and raises a lot of great questions to ponder.

What is your biggest challenge doing this show?
The subject matter is difficult to work with, but it is enticing to work on something so provocative.

What are you looking forward to most with the production?
The performances themselves actually; the thrill of being on stage in front of an audience is a rush you can’t find anywhere else.

How long have you been participating in theater?
I have been acting and participating in theatre for almost ten years. I also started directing over the past two years.

 

James Burk

James Burk

Name, age, Academic Year, and Major
James Burk, 21, Senior, Theatre

Why did you audition for the show?
I really liked the script.

What is your role, and tell me a little about your character.
My role is Patrick Chibas. He is a sophomore in college who is just trying to fit in. He is Nuyorican, someone of Puerto Rican decent who lives in New York. He has faced racial discrimination in the past but never quite like at Belmont, the college in the play. This forces him to deal with the issue head on.

What is your favorite thing about the show?
My favorite thing would be working with the cast.

What is your biggest challenge doing this show?
Exploring similarities between Patrick and myself. He is a lot like me, yet he is from a whole different set of circumstances.

What are you looking forward to most with the production?
The audience’s reaction to the racial themes. It is an issue everyone has encountered, but maybe not thought critically about.

How long have you been participating in theater?
For about 5 years.

 

Chris Creane

Chris Creane

Name, age, Academic Year, and Major
Chris Creane, 21, Senior, Theatre

Why did you audition for the show?
I love being on stage and honing my craft.

What is your role, and tell me a little about your character.
I am portraying Ross. He is an Art History professor who seeks to understand the world. He is also romantically linked to one of the other faculty member characters in the play.

What is your favorite thing about the show?
My favorite thing about the show is working with such a talented ensemble.

What is your biggest challenge doing this show?
The subject matter of the show is extremely sensitive at times and deciding how to best display the material was a challenge.

What are you looking forward to most with the production?
Being able to hopefully enlighten a few people in the audience and, of course, presenting my work.

How long have you been participating in theater?
Since my senior year in high school so about 4 or 5 years.

 

Christian Hill

Christian Hill

Name, age, Academic Year, and Major
Christian Hill, 20, Sophomore, Theatre

Why did you audition for the show?
I jump at every chance I have to be in a show.

What is your role, and tell me a little about your character.
My character’s name is Greg Sullivan. He is a senior at this college (in the play) and he starts a “Students for Tolerance” group, at first because he wants to be the president of it.

What is your favorite thing about the show?
I just love how everybody came together as a family and put so much work into the show.

 What is your biggest challenge doing this show?
My biggest challenge was trying to speak slower so I could be understood clearly.  

What are you looking forward to most with the production?
I’m looking forward to the message people will hopefully take away from the show.

How long have you been participating in theater?
I have been involved in theatre for 7 years.

 

Spinning Into Butter will be onstage October 5-6, 11-13, at 8 pm and October 14 at 2 pm in the Pridemore Playhouse. Tickets are $8 for general admission, $5 for RU faculty and staff, and free to students with RU ID. Tickets are now available at the Porterfield Box Office or by calling (540) 831-5289. Please note - Tickets for performances of Spinning Into Butter occurring over Homecoming & Reunion/Family Weekend are available online and at the Hurlburt Student Center Information Desk (540-831-5420).

The Radford University Arts Society is also sponsoring “Curtain Up!” A Special Evening of Theatre on Friday, October 12. This special event includes cocktails, dinner, and a behind-the-scenes look at the production by Spinning Into Butter Director Wesley Young and Carl Lefko, Director of the School of Dance & Theatre. Tickets are $65 per person and include tickets to the play. For more information or to purchase tickets for “Curtain Up!” contact Kathleen Harshberger at 540-239-4999.

Oct 5, 2012
College of Visual & Performing Arts
540-831-5484
cvpa411@radford.edu

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