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Art Focus: Justin Danforth

Posted By Denebola On October 25, 2007 @ 10:30 pm In Arts and Entertainment | Comments Disabled

By Anna Dynkin“I get goose bumps before every show, senior and South stage participant Justin Danforth said of his stage fright. “I don’t get the bad kind, where I freeze up in front of everybody. They’re excitement goose bumps!
Danforth became involved in acting at the beginning of his freshman year, after he saw his friends perform in the Freshman Play, and decided to give theater a try. His first play was The Laramie Project in which he played a teenager convicted of Matthew Shepherd’s murder. Danforth’s repertoire of South Stage shows includes the improv show, one-act Goodbye to the Clown, Metamorphoses, and The Heidi Chronicles.
Currently, Danforth is staring as Peter in J.M. Barrie’s
Peter Pan premiering tonight in the auditorium. “Playing Peter has been the most amazing experience of my life, Danforth said. “I’ve not only learned a lot, but I’m getting the chance to do a lot of things I wouldn’t normally be able to do like sword fighting.
Danforth also learned a lot as stage manager for last year’s winter drama Crimes of the Heart. His role was to keep track of the actors and be a liaison between the all the people involved in the show. Working under director and head of the theatre department, Jeff Knoedler, contributed to his depth as an actor, “Mr. K is the Yoda of theatre. Now I know what a director really wants, he said. “I was able to see what translates well from the actors to the audience. It made me more aware of the development process what goes with every show.
After being a part of both the auditioning and casting aspects of theatre, Danforth’s advice to those considering acting is: “Just go for it! Auditioning will never hurt!
Danforth prefers to act in comedies over dramas, “I love to make people laugh, he said, which is evident, as he is co-director of Children of the Candy Corn, South’s student run improv group. For the last three years Danforth has looked up to the seniors in the group. Now, he is one of them, responsible for teaching and passing on the rules of improv. “[Candy Corn rehearsals] have been the highlight of my week, every week, for the last three years, Danforth said.
Aside from theatre, Danforth has a deep passion for music. He has played the guitar for six years. When Danforth first started he played a lot of blues but has since moved on to what he calls “more experimental folk noise pop stuff.
Along with three fellow South students, Danforth is part of the band, Day Sleeper, in which he plays the guitar. Day Sleeper has an upcoming concert in New York City at the nightclub, Knitting Factory, on November 18.“Being in a band is a good outlet, Danforth said. “If there are any bad feelings in me I can let them go when I play. It makes my day much better.
Tonight, Danforth can’t wait to get on stage make people laugh and have a good time. He encourages everyone to come see the show. “It’s an honor to play Peter, he said. “I really bring as much as I can to the role.

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