Emjay Graves Talks Acting and Desert Stages Theater

How did you get into acting?

I started dancing when I was three and loved performing in front of an audience so, I thought it would be fun to audition for some dancing roles in theater.


What is your favorite role you have been cast in?

My favorite role was Twin 2 a lost boy in Peter Pan. My best friend Mimi Yonover was Twin 1 so that made it really fun.


How many shows have you been in at Desert Stages Theater?

Six shows (not including summer camp productions).


Which plays have you done and do you have a favorite?

Seussical the Musical , The Little Mermaid, Butterfly’s Day, Cinderella, Peter Pan, and Aladdin Jr. Butterfly’s Day was my favorite show. I really love all of them.


How much time do you spend preparing for a role each day?

I usually practice two to four hours a day dancing, learning songs and going over lines outside of rehearsal.


What would you say to other young kids that want to get into acting at Desert Stages?

I would say definitely “Do it!” You won’t regret it. I started out doing summer camp at DST and I loved it, I made a ton of friends and loved the counselors.


What are some of the things you love about live theater?

#1 Performing. It is so much fun to watch the whole show come together with the costumes, the choreography and seeing the set being built all before opening night.


Have you ever been unhappy about a role you were cast for?

No. Never.


Emjay will be attending 6th grade at Arizona Connections Academy



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