Jenn Thompson, my director on "Peter and the Starcatcher," was. And several other members of the cast have also shared their stories of the thrill of being a child actor and entering the magic world of make believe that J.M. Barrie created. The childhood of a 'theatre brat' is something truly special because we get to see behind the curtain and learn how the magic is made... you might think this would spoil our illusions, but on the contrary--those experiences as a young actor instill the dreamer in us, and we are propelled into our careers by them. My parents met in theatre school and I grew up with my father in scene shops and theaters, while my Mom created her own company and training facility where I had all my early training and experience as a performer.
|Jenn Thompson with husband Stephen Kunken|
|Karen Azenberg on stage at Pioneer Theatre Company|
|Performing as a young 'ham' of thirteen!|
As of this writing we are well into our second week of demanding, exhausting, but thrilling staging rehearsals for the show and it is coming together, thanks to Jenn and our brilliant choreographer Patti Wilcox, as well as all the creative forces at work behind the scenes at Pioneer Theatre Company. I look forward to stepping out onto that stage in a couple weeks and bringing the magic to a new generation of dreamers.