Lake Stevens sophomore breaking a leg in SeattleActing becomes a passion BY PAM STEVENS | EDITOR Most kids spend their summers hanging with friends, hitting the malls and catching up on the latest summer blockbusters. Not the case for Jarydd Morgan, a sophomore at Lake Stevens High School.
Morgan has been honing his acting skills with a part in Seattle Children’s Theater’s (SCT) production of Medieval Farces where he will play the part of Jaquinot.
Morgan began his acting career at North Lake Middle School where he performed in both Aladdin and Annie.
“I tried it (acting) at school first and it turned out to be really, really cool,” Morgan said. “I was the Genie in Aladdin in seventh grade.”
While at North Lake, Morgan was under the direction of Mr. Sexton, the drama and band teacher at the school.
“Mr. Sexton encouraged me to try new things,” he said.
During his summers in middle school Morgan took an improvisation class at SCT where he heard about the opportunity to audition for their plays.
“I took a class down there the year before last,” he said. “They handed out fliers to come and audition for summer.”
He has also appeared in R and J, a remake of Romeo and Juliet.
It is not a small feat to get to rehearsals everyday but Morgan is committed. His parents are able to take him some days but most of the time it’s a long trip that can take him over three hours on the bus.
“Most days I take the bus to Seattle and take the monorail to the Children’s Theater,” he said.
While Morgan is still not certain whether or not acting is his future career choice, he does enjoy it and hopes to continue throughout college.
“I have no idea what I want to do when I grow up,” he said. “It’s all very complicated. It seems that this will help me to decide what I want to do.”
Right now he is looking forward to performing this weekend in this trio of short stories set in medieval times and doing it in front of a live audience.
“My favorite part of this play in particular is that there is a lot of physical comedy and goofy stuff,” Morgan said.
If you would like to see Morgan on stage, he will be performing August 7, 8 and 9 at Seattle Children’s Theater, 201 Thomas Street, in Seattle Center at 7 p.m.