West Side Story Student Leads

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Tyler Hudock~ Plays the role of Bernardo, leader of the Sharks

~ How did you prepare for your role?

I was myself.  I don’t know, I’m not that angry all the time, but when I’m provoked I get that mad.

~ What was the most challenging part about your role?

The fight and dying because I have never had to die before on stage and it was really hard. 

~ If you could change one thing about your performance for the musical what would it be?

Probably my posture because my posture didn’t make me look as angry or as uptight as the role is. 

Mickey Orange ~ Plays the role of Riff, leader of the Jets

~ How did you prepare for your role?

Well, I made sure I memorized my lines in the first few weeks because that’s very important.  I don’t do much else; I just get up on that stage and go for it.

~ What was the most challenging part about your role?

Probably the dance “Cool.”  That specific dance had a lot of non-dancers in it and it’s a hard dance to start off with.  So it was pretty difficult, that part of the play.

~ If you could change one thing about your performance for the musical what would it be?

I probably could have worked on acting more like a kid.  Mr. Krack always tells me how I speak too proper.  He said I need to speak like an immature kid. 

Courtney Joseph ~ Plays the role of Maria

~ What would you say was your favorite part about the show?

I liked the last scene a lot because everyone was supporting of each other.  I think people [the entire cast and audience] were actually sad, so it was good that everyone was comforting each other.  I think also it is really cool that everyone is together. 

~ What would you change about your performance?  **Prob. Shouldn’t use this**

I think I should have practiced my songs a little more.

Brittany Basenback ~ Plays the role of Anita

~ What would you say was your favorite part about the show?

I thoroughly enjoyed the dancing because that is definitely my type of thing.  I really liked performing as Anita because she was a challenging role and it was hard for me to become a completely different kind of person; Spanish, and with an accent.

~ What would you change about your performance?

Well the first night, I did mess up the words to “A Boy Like That.”  No one would notice, but I definitely noticed and it made me really nervous on stage and it was hard to concentrate for the rest of the scene.