Kyle Shelton: “I’ve always been a performer.”

Senior Kyle Shelton will be playing the role of Corny Collins. THE AZTEC/DARWIN TSE
Senior Kyle Shelton will be playing the role of Corny Collins. THE AZTEC/DARWIN TSE

Q: How do you get into character before you practice?
A: I just think as what my character would do and how he would react to certain situations and then I channel that and become Corny Collins.

Q: What does it feel like to stay until 9?
A: It’s nothing, it’s nothing.

Q: Doing so how do you balance your school life and your drama [life]?
A: I just don’t do any homework.

Q: Did you try out for another role or did you try out for just Corny Collins?
A: It’s just a general audition, and then Ms. P thinks it over and then she gives you the role that she thinks you’re best fit for. So you don’t really go in with an auditioning for a certain role, rather you’re auditioning to be in the musical.

Q: So how would you audition for it?
A: You sing, act, you read from the script.

Q: What do you guys do to remember all the lines, and the singing and dancing routines.
A: You just practice a lot.

Q: So what does it feel like to be part of the drama “family”?
A: It’s nice, but at the same time, constant interaction is very draining, and sometimes you don’t like the other person.

Q: When you go on stage, is it stressful because of performing in front of so many people?
A: No, I’ve been a performing artist pretty much all my life. I played music since I was in the 3rd grade, so I’ve always been a performer so I’ve never been nervous since I was 10.

Q: Have you been performing at Mark Keppel for all four years, for all the plays?
A: Yeah, I was in all the plays except the musical during my freshman year because I was in the orchestra.

Q: So would you recommend the incoming freshmen to take drama all four years?
A: If they like acting I’d recommend it, if they don’t like acting then I’d tell them to not waste their time because it’s pretty intense.

Q: Do you believe that drama could help them overcome their stage fright?
A: Yes, because you’re forced to perform and you can’t really use stage fright as an excuse anymore.

Wesley Zeng
Business Manager & Sports Editor at The Aztec

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