Meet the Cast ‘Spring Awakening’ at Ovations Theatre: Part 2: Ethan Miller

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In part 2 of a series of interviews with the cast of Ovations Theatre’s Spring Awakening, meet Ethan Miller.

Joel: What is your name, age, high school, and role in Spring Awakening?

Photo courtesy of Ovations Theatre.
Ethan Miller. Photo courtesy of Ovations Theatre.

Ethan: My name is Ethan Miller. I am 16 years-old, and I  go to Winston Churchill High school. I play the part of Melchior Gabor in Spring Awakening.

Tell us about your character. What do you find most challenging or interesting about playing him?

This part is both very interesting and very challenging for the same reason. Melchior is a very revolutionary young man, but he is also still a realistic human teenager. This is difficult because it is very hard to combine a teenage attitude, with an extremely mature mind.

The show touches on some difficult and some dark themes like abuse, abortion and suicide. Why is it important for teenagers to portray these issues, and why is it important for audiences to see it?

The dark tones in this musical such as suicide and abortion are very important to discuss because people need to start becoming more aware of it. The world needs to start recognizing the fact that these things are happening, and stop trying to avoid and ignore them.

What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned from working on the production?

The most valuable thing I learned working on this production is that you can’t judge your character. If you judge your character or in my case Melchior, you won’t be able to play him truthfully because you won’t have justification behind your work.

How many shows have you worked on with Ovations Founder and Artistic Director Darnell Morris? What do you like most about working with him?

This is my 10th show working with Darnell Morris and my favorite thing about working with him is how open he is to ideas from the actors, and how willing he is to let explore their character.

Many of the cast members have been performing together since they were 10 years old and now are upperclassmen in high school. How does this kind of close-knit community help foster growth, both artistically and personally?

The closeness of the actors makes it easier to connect with them on stage and understand their acting choices. It’s also great because I’ve made a ton of friends doing these shows.

What have you learned about yourself the actor and singer during your Spring Awakening experience?

During the Spring Awakening experience I’ve learned that I have to push my comfort level if I want to develop my character.

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Spring Awakening plays from December 2-4, 2016, at Ovations Theatre performing at The Kreeger Theatre JCC of Greater Washington – 6125 Montrose Road, in Rockville, MD. For tickets, purchase them at the door or online.

LINKS:
Meet the Cast ‘Spring Awakening’ at Ovations Theatre Part 1: Marjorie Long and Josie Weinberg.

Meet the Cast ‘Spring Awakening’ at Ovations Theatre: Part 2: Ethan Miller.

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Joel Markowitz is the Publisher and Editor of DCMetroTheaterArts. He founded the site with his brother Bruce to help promote the vast riches of theatre and the arts in the DC Metro area that includes Maryland, Virginia, and DC theater and music venues, universities, schools, Children's theaters, professional, and community theatres. Joel is an advocate for promoting the 'stars of the future' in his popular 'Scene Stealers' articles. He wrote a column for 5 years called ‘Theatre Schmooze’ and recorded podcast interviews for DC Theatre Scene. His work can also be seen and read on BroadwayStars. Joel also wrote a monthly preview of what was about to open in DC area theatres for BroadwayWorld. He is an avid film and theater goer, and a suffering Buffalo Bills and Sabres fan. Joel was a regular guest on 'The Lunch and Judy Show' radio program starring Judy Stadt in NYC. Joel founded The Ushers Theatre Going Group in the DC area in 1990, which had a 25-year run when it took its final curtain call last year. Joel is a proud member of The American Critics Association.