By Iris Ocasio
HHS is admired for many things including the drama program. Often times, students cannot wait to get to HHS to begin their acting career and pursue their passions. However, many students like Nicholas Edis, junior, have had acting experience before high school.
Nicholas Edis began acting in the 4th grade where his first production was “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” starring as Mike Teavee. Edis claims that the decision to begin acting was partially his and partially motivation from his mother. Before he began acting, he was a member of chorus which has stuck with him throughout his high school career. Then, graduating from Maywood Avenue School he recognized that acting was a hobby that he wanted to be relevant in his future.
During his sophomore year, Edis landed the role of Nicky, one of the major characters in the Avenue Q production. The fact that the play was ambitious, he states that there was an “overwhelming amount of work” to get done. However, Edis explains that he “likes challenges and enjoyed the difficulty that the puppets brought and with the participation of other talented actors, they were able to pull off the show”.
The drama program requires immense dedication, but when the final product has been pieced to perfection, the sense of gratification is indescribable. Despite the time that he commits to his acting, Nicholas still manages to excel academically as an honors student.
He explains that “school is my first priority and my parents truly remind me of that”.
In addition to being an honors student, Edis also plays soccer in his town actively.
Next year, as a senior, Nicholas hopes to acquire the lead role of Dewey in the 2017 production of School of Rock. Beyond high school, he plans to continue acting in the community as a hobby. Edis’ major goal is to be a professional actor either on broadway or in films. He explains that “I love singing, but I want to act no matter what the opportunity is”.
When Nicholas began acting, he claims to have had significant stage fright, and he “had to get accustomed to performing in front of people.” Edis states that for those who are afraid to pursue performing “they should be themselves, the great thing about acting is that the people around you share the same goal and that is to put on an exceptional show”. Discovering what you love to do as a teenager, is difficult, but once you surmount your fear, you will be able to devote yourself to your passion.