Friday, November 12, 2010

An Interview: Dominick

mel: Can you tell us your grade and what part you played, please?

dominick: I'm in fourth grade. I played Lord Macduff in "Macbeth" and in the end I had to, uh...slay the king and crown the prince.

And tell me why thought you wanted to audition for Shakespeare Club?

Um...the reason that I wanted to audition for Shakespeare Club is because, uh...I want to be an actor when I grow up so I thought to myself if I got into Shakespeare Club it could be the first step to becoming an actor.

How old do you think you were when you realized you wanted to be an actor?

Uh, I realized I wanted to be an actor when I was three years old.

How did you know that when you were so little?

I don't know because, um...I was so playful back then....I did some acting stuff, like I fell and I stubbed my toe and I just said I was playing around and my mom said I should be an actor and that's when I got the idea.

What do you think you learned about yourself this year?

I learned that I'm a good actor and I also learned that I should try out for Shakespeare Club again next year and that's it's really cool being an actor and performing.

Did anything surprise you about yourself this year?

I didn't realize before that I had a good loud voice and that I was a good actor. And I didn't realize that I was a good hero.

And is there any way you think you'll be different in your life after playing Lord Macduff?

Lord Macduff is sort of innocent...brave...uh...uh...heroic, and I think I could be that in real life.

And what was your favorite thing about the performance day?

My favorite things about Thursday were that I got to perform four times, I got to see some old friends and I had a fabulous dinner.

Remember at the beginning of Shakespeare Club how sometimes you would hide under your hoodie or just check out? I think you made some real leaps in the club because it seemed all of a sudden you were able to meditate, your yoga and vocal warm-ups got better....What do you think happened?

I think getting more sleep...rehearsing my lines more and thinking if I was in Shakespeare Club it would get my grades up.

How would it help your grades?

Um...teaching me discipline in class, and focus. And learning about Shakespeare. I didn't know little kids could learn Shakespeare's big words in one year.

What do you think about Shakespeare as man, and his life and his talent?

His talent was writing good plays. His life was...uh...tons of ups and one down.

What was the down?

His one down was when he lost his son in a river.

Anything you want to tell me about your life in general? You've had a Shakespeare kind of life, filled with drama...anything you want to tell me about that?

My life is uh...sort of complicated....I've been around the country. I was in tons of foster homes in other states. Um, I was in a foster home in Albany, New York, and another in Carson City, Nevada, and one in Sacramento and another one in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

What do you remember about those experiences?

One is really in my mind in Washington...Olympia....uh...I was with these foster people for at least a year and I was only one years old when that happened. One time they went out for dinner...the mother and father...and the two twin sisters stayed home and took care of me. I remember my crib being this high. I remember climbing out and falling down the stairs on my butt and I remember my foster sister picking me up and taking me back to the crib. I remember when we went to the swimming pool because they lived in this apartment and I remember being in one of those floaties and just floating around the pool. And I remember first meeting my new parents.

And how do you feel about your life now?

I think my life now is a lot different than the life I had as a baby. I don't move around a lot. I only go on vacations to Paris, New York and uh...Arizona and Florida.

You've had huge life. You've come so far. I think you're amazing. You not only found out you could be an actor but you helped the other kids become more focused and disciplined...[at this point I went on a long ramble about how terrific Dominick was, how he'd grown and advanced and discovered his potential. He waited patiently for me to finish and then said:]

I also need to tell you that I found my script.

Dominick (Macduff) and Oliver (Macbeth).

Adventure mean that you are going somewhere far far away from here and you will not come for a day or 2 but you can always get a lot of food and water so you can servive and a tent to sleep in and you can take your family too you can take your family so you won’t be alon and if you see a bear just stand still
Wendy, 3rd grade

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