A. My first role ever was as an Oompa Loompa in Willy Wonka when I was nine. After that I auditioned for my first Christian Youth Theatre (CYT) show and became a lost boy in Peter Pan. Since then I have done five more shows with CYT. Last year, I was nominated for a National Youth Theatre Award for my part as Flotsam in The Little Mermaid Jr.
Q. You attend Christian Youth Theatre how do you like it?
A. I love it because it is like a big family. I have learned so much there and I never feel like I am being judged, or like I’m competing with my friends. We are all there to support each other and put on a great show. I also got a chance to be in the touring company this year. We performed at Disneyland. It was so much fun.
Q. Tell us about your upcoming role? Do you ever get nervous playing the lead role?
A. Right now I am playing adult Simba in The Lion King Jr. This has been a very fun role. I don’t get nervous when I am on stage, it gives me so much energy and I feel free to be funny and silly. I love to perform and make people laugh.
Q. How often are you rehearsing for this role?
A. We rehearse about four times a week for three months. Tech week is the most fun. It’s like getting a chance to hang out with your friends every night until the late hours, plus you get to learn about all of the technical parts of the show like lights, sound, and sets.
Q. What excited you most about playing Simba?
A. I really like the songs from the show and it was fun getting the chance to sing them. Climbing up pride rock at the end of the show is an awesome feeling. The show has wonderful messages about friendship and family and it was cool to have my whole family working backstage for this show.
Q. When and where can we see this play?
A. The final weekend for The Lion King Jr. is January 13-15. The next CYT production is Mary Poppins. It will be just as awesome. You can come out to the Mesa Arts Center and see it May 5-14 or check it out on the website at cytphoenix.org.
Noah is a sixth grader at Saint Thomas the Apostle School.
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