My name is Hendley Jones; I am 14 years old, and I played Little Beebo in the On Stage Christmas production, Fruitcakes. It's is a comedy written by Julian Wiles about a runaway boy who meets all of the weird people in his new runaway town.
Our director Marc Hammes does a fantastic job directing a play. He knows when we're struggling and when we need help. He always knows what we're supposed to be doing during the production. He will help us if we need help with lines, blocking, or pretty much anything. We are so lucky to have him as our director.
Practicing in a show for OnStage is extremely fun, despite all of the hard work and sweat that you pour into it. You get to meet a lot of new faces and develop a relationship with them. If I have a bad day, I can always look forward to coming to rehearsal because it'll lift my spirits.
This show has really built up my confidence on the stage in front of people. I've learned to create the backstory of the character who you are playing; don't be yourself. Have fun with acting. You get to be somebody else for a while; take advantage of the opportunity.
It's definitely more fun to play a character you're nothing alike rather than someone who acts or behaves exactly like you. Little Beebo is absolutely nothing like me. This makes playing him in the show so much more entertaining.
This is my 3rd production with OnStage. I was previously in It's A Wonderful Life as Tommy, and A Christmas Story as Flick. I also do productions with my school. I was Simba in The Lion King and Gavrocche in Les Miserables.
I think everyone should be part of OnStage because the process of putting on a show is amazing, especially as it gets down to the last week or two of rehearsals. If you have stage fright, it's okay. You can still be part of a show. You could help with the tech, props, or even just advertising the show to friends and family. Anything helps.
Thanks for all who came to see the show!