Interview with Noah…
1. What first made you interested in performing?
I was first introduced to the idea of performing from many plays at the MSU Wharton Center that I would go see with homeschooling friends through an educational program they had called Act One. I always thought it would be fun to be on stage and to distance yourself from reality.
2. What is your favorite role/show you’ve done so far?
My favorite show has to be “Sweeney Todd.” It is such a ridiculous and crazy show and is so much fun to act out. Furthermore, it was quite fun to perform with Mark and all the energy that he brings to the stage.
3. What would you like to do when you finish school?
When I finish school I plan on going into some branch of chemistry. Possibilities include Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Geochemistry, etc. It fascinates me how living things are able to process different substances into energy that they can use to regulate their internal environment and foster offspring.
4. How do you manage theatre work, school, and home life?
Managing time is all about living in the moment. A million different problems are going to come up and interrupt your plans. It’s all about adapting your schedule on the fly and understanding what needs to be done now and what is less urgent. If you make a schedule set in stone, when a problem comes up, your schedule will stress you out rather than help you adapt.
5. Do you enjoy combining your guitar skills and singing while you perform? Are there any difficulties?
I love being able to play while I perform. Admittedly, there can be difficulties, especially when it comes to syncopation, but with enough practice I can pretty much always incorporate my guitar into performances.
6. Who is your favorite performer?
My favorite performer is John Hamm from the AMC TV series, “Mad Men.” In the show, I think he portrays perfectly the questionable moral center that existed within the 1960’s, and one that viewers today can still empathize with.
7. What is your favorite show of all time?
My favorite show of all time is “Jesus Christ Superstar,” of course. It’s imagining of Jesus’ final days provides so many different justifications for the actions of different characters. In the end, no one is really a “good guy,” just as Jesus says that no one is without sin.
8. If you had one message to tell the world, what would it be?
If I had one message to tell the world, it would be that you are responsible for the change you want to see. If you want something to happen, whether it be personal or whether it would affect the entire world, you need to do something about it. Don’t wait for someone to come along to make your dreams come true because by that point you’ll be long gone.
9. What is your biggest dream for yourself?
My biggest dream is to privatize the education system. This is a controversial issue, but I believe that if it does take affect that parents will have many more options to help their child become receptive to learning and that it will foster a more enthusiastic and knowledgeable generation of Americans.
10. What is your favorite class at Ruhala and why?
My favorite class at Ruhala is Musical Theater Ensemble. It has everything I enjoy about music and acting in one package.