Actor’s Profile: Albert Aguilar

Albert Aguilar acts as William Barfee in this year’s play, “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”. THE AZTEC/CALLISTA LIU
Albert Aguilar acts as William Barfee in this year’s play, “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”. THE AZTEC/CALLISTA LIU

Q: Have you played in any other musicals at Keppel? Which ones? Were any of them lead roles? What are your experiences like in Keppel’s theater?

A: “I have [been] in other musicals. I was in Hairspray and the Christmas Carol. I was the lead roles Edna and Ebenezer Scrooge. I [feel that] it is always a rewarding experience. [Most] of my fondest memories are here.” 

Q: Did you initially audition for William Barfee? If not, which role?

A: “No, I actually auditioned for Leaf Coneybear [because] I thought that that would be a fun [role].”

Q: Were you excited to be casted for the musical? What were your first thoughts?

A: “As always, I was excited to be casted and [have] an opportunity to expand my horizons and master my craft. When I was casted as Barfee, I didn’t know what voice to use, so I settled with that [gravel-ish, nasal] voice.”

Q: Do you have any personal relations to Barfee? If so, which ones and why? If not, why not?

A: “I can’t say that I have any personal relations to Barfee. He’s [just an awkward] jerk.” 

Q: What are you opinions of Barfee? Does it changed how you view or feel about your role?

A: “He’s just corky-for-luck. I can’t think of a better word. He’s an all-around goofball. And the way I see [my role] doesn’t change anything. I know it’s just a role, [which] I have to do. It’s the part I have to play. I just work with it.” 

Q: have you prepared for this role? Do your past works give you any material or ground to work with?

A: “Because of my aspirations of wanting to be a voice actor, [I was able to find] Barfee’s voice. I’ve been practicing a lot of impressions and just working on this voice to get this character down.” 

Q: What were some difficulties you had during the making of the production? How did you manage academic and social lives?

A: “[There really] weren’t an difficulties, per se. [I managed] my schoolwork by doing a little bit here and there. Between getting dressed and warm-ups, you just [got to] keep at it. Obviously, that involves staying up late and finishing [it]. It takes a lot of dedication.” 

Q: What was your most memorable time during the production?

A: “My most memorable time was doing Magic Foot. It’s the most fun song in this whole production. And it’s Barfee’s song; it’s really my moment.”

Q: How does your role this year differ from your roles in previous productions?

A: Scrooge had to be a grumpy, old dirt-bag, [while] Edna had to be a powerful, inspirational, optimistic person. [So] just like the other musicals, [my role] has to be [a separate] entity. I try to separate them as much as I can from my own idiosyncrasies and personality traits.

Q: Does being stage allow you to express your emotions freely? Why or why not?

A: “No, because [I] have to play different scenes with different emotions, so they’re not my emotions. [However, I do] use my emotions to [further] bring out the character.”

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