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Jason Moore @ FHS

Posted by Alan on February 20, 2009 3:58 PM | Filed in Miscellaneous |

MOORE2.pngBroadway director Jason Moore spoke to drama students at FHS this afternoon. A 1989 graduate of FHS, Moore told of his experiences in Chicago, California and New York City working in the theater and television. Here are some snippets from his talk:

  • Moore was in a University of Arkansas production of "Peter Pan" when he was six, and FHS drama teacher Warren Rosenaur portrayed a dog in the show.
  • Moore said "Avenue Q" was originally intended to be a 30-minute TV show, but the producers of "Rent" bought the rights to the show and asked Moore and company to expand it to a full stage production.
  • Moore said the puppets in "Avenue Q" keep the mood lighter among the cast during rehearsals. 
  • Moore said his time as an actor makes him a more empathetic director, knowing what the actors are experiencing
  • Moore said he enrolled in the film program at Northwestern University because of his love of movies and TV and the dramatic productions in which he appeared in Fayetteville. He switched majors five times while he was a student at Northwestern University. He said he didn't know anyone when he first arrived but made lots of friends.
  • Moore also worked on "Les Miserables" when it appeared in Fayetteville several years ago.
  • Moore performed in "Grease" and "West Side Story" while he was a FHS student.
  • "Avenue Q" is being performed in England, and Moore will be dropping in on them soon. He is also reading scripts
  • Moore was student council president, editor of Connotations, a drama student, member of the honor society, and a quiz bowl team member while a student at FHS.
  • Moore said he goes to the theater 3 to 4times per week to stay current.
  • "It's hard to be a good actor if you don't have any knowledge of how difficult it is to light a stage or build a set. High school productions are great for giving you that broad experience."
  • Moore encouraged the students to "put themselves out there." Write letters and offer your services. That's how I got most of my first jobs. Go to auditions. Do it again and again and again."
  • "Billy Elliot," "In the Heights," and "August: Osage County" are among his favorite shows currently running on Broadway.
  • "Every actor is scared while they are acting, no matter what they say. Being vulnerable to others can help your acting"