Actor’s Profile: Lorenzo Bacalso

Lorenzo Bacalso plays the role of Leaf Coneybear in this year's play, "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee". THE AZTEC/CALLISTA LIU
Lorenzo Bacalso plays the role of Leaf Coneybear in this year’s play, “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”. THE AZTEC/CALLISTA LIU

Q: For how long have you done acting? Did you start when you first attended Keppel?

A: “I’ve started very recently with acting, specifically this year.”

Q: Besides the upcoming play, have you ever participated in other plays or musicals? If so, what role did you take and what was the play?

A: “I was an understudy for commander Brooke in The Uninvited.”

Q: While auditioning for the play, was playing Leaf your first choice? If not, why wasn’t he?

A: “No, it was not my first choice. I initially wanted to [play] Barfee because I thought I wouldn’t be able to portray Leaf well.”

Q: What made the character Leaf so appealing to you? Does Leaf relate to you personally in any way?

A: “Unlike all the other characters, Leaf is just a kid who likes to have fun and be careless about everything. Both Leaf and I are very similar in that we are very light hearted, and sometimes easily distracted.”

Q: What are your thoughts on this play? What’s one scene audience members will remember most?

A: “Usually we do large scale extravagant musicals, but this play is different [in] that it is fun and hilarious compared to the past.”

Q: Have other people inspired you take part in the musical or acting in general?

A: “Yes I was particularly inspired by actors such as Robin Williams, Hugh Jackman, and Angela Lansbury.”

Q: What was the hardest part about the play personally? Why?

A: “The hardest part about the play to me is learning all the songs and singing together with other actors/actresses with the orchestra. This is especially hard when the harmony of the music changes.”

Haoxian Hu
Assistant Photographer/Videographer At The Aztec

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