Gabriel Vera: “The musical is very upbeat, fun, and will really get you off your seat.”

Junior Gabriel Vera will be playing the role Link Larkin. THE AZTEC/DARWIN TSE
Junior Gabriel Vera will be playing the role Link Larkin. THE AZTEC/DARWIN TSE

Q: How did you feel when you found out that you got the role?
A: I was excited and scared at the same time because I didn’t know what was to come.

Q: Why did you want to act in this play when you haven’t been in any past productions?
A: My brothers did it and I am just following their footsteps.

Q: Did you originally wanted to play Link?
A: I actually didn’t know what character I wanted and so I really put “anything” when I auditioned for the roles. And I got three characters: Seaweed, Link, and Corny Collins. It came down to one, which was Link.

Q: Were there any difficulties that you encountered during the time you were preparing for the musical?
A: It was the dancing that was really difficult to get down. I have pretty good memories so I got [my lines] down pretty fast.

Q: What has been your most memorable moment as an actor at Keppel?
A: Meeting new people and getting close to the cast.

Q: In the play you have to kiss two girls, how do you feel about that?
A: Well, he’s the ordinary guy. He’s very flirtatious and we’re all professional here. Therefore, I feel fine. I feel comfortable with my cast and my peers.

Q: How would you describe the musical?
A: The musical is very upbeat, fun, and will really get you off your seat.

Q: What other extracurricular activities are you part of?
A: I play soccer at Keppel and outside of school.

Q: Do you have any plans for any upcoming drama productions?
A: As of right now, I’m only focusing on Hairspray. After that, I’ll see what comes in my direction.

Q: Is there anything you would like to say to the audience?
A: I hope everybody sees that this was an actual dilemma. It’s a really exciting show and I hope everybody loves it and has fun with it.

Anita Huang
Web Editor at The Aztec

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