My Edmond Outlook: Sam Brown

Name: Sam Brown, 11 year old actor,
Starring in the Lyric Theatre’s upcoming production of “Oliver!”

What makes you unique to Edmond?
Not sure if I’m unique to Edmond or not. I think I’m like a lot of kids
who have taken advantage of the great drama, music, art, and sports
programs that Edmond offers.

How did you catch the acting bug?
I’ve been watching my older brother, Mitchell, in plays since I was
three years old. I wanted to do that too.

Are you nervous to be performing live on the Civic Center stage?
Not yet. I’m sure when I look out and see the audience watching me,
for a change, I might get a couple of butterflies, but I’ll be okay.

How strenuous are the rehearsals?
They’re longer than I’ve ever had. eight hours a day, six days a week,
sometimes ‘til midnight or later. But I can’t wait. I know I’ll learn a lot.

What is your favorite part of performing?
I like everything… but the best part is taking the stage and doing a live
show. It is really exciting. I play football too and you get the same feeling
from performing as winning a big game.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in acting?
Shakespeare. I played Puck in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” last spring.
It was fun to speak in iambic pentameter (I think that’s what you call it,)
but also challenging.

What’s your favorite part of the production Oliver?
“Food Glorious Food” and “Consider Yourself” are my favorite songs,
and there are a lot of people on stage for those songs so it is really fun.

Where do you go to school?
I went to Washington Irving all my life, until this year when I went to
Wilson Arts Integration School. I like school. I try to get all A’s and my
favorite subject (besides Drama, Choir and Gym) is Math.

What message would you like to give to other kids out there who
are interested in performing arts?
Go for it. It is so much fun. And don’t worry about being good enough for
anyone other than yourself.  Do your best and have a great time doing it.

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