Friday, October 7, 2011

Spotlight On...Travis McClung

Name: Travis McClung

Hometown: Dallas, TX

Education: BFA Musical Theatre Pace University (Class of 2013)

Select Credits: Spring Awakening (Moritz Steifel, NY Regional Premier); The Who's Tommy (Tommy u/s-Pace University)

Why theatre?:  Since I was a kid, I have loved being in front of a live audience.  Each show is different, and I love how the audience influences each performance.

Tell us about Outlaws:  Outlaws is a rock musical about Billy the Kid.  The show takes a new spin on the story, and gives the audience a perspective from Billy's point of view.  The music and book are original and really bring an exciting feel to the old legend.

What is like to be a part of Outlaws?:  Being a part of this new show has been a great thrill.  The show has been changing constantly from the moment we started rehearsals and I love being able to work on a show that is constantly evolving.  It has been exciting and very educational being a part of this new musical.

What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?:  I love theatre that shows vulnerability.  Outlaws brings such a sense of reality into theatre, and I love that.  I feel that every character in this show is given such an arch, and that as actors, we are able to really tap into the realness of our characters.  There is nothing fake or "campy" about this production.

Any roles you're dying to play?:  I don't particularly have a role I am dying to play, but rather want to play parts that I feel speak to people.  I love to play characters that are genuine and real and I feel that I am given that opportunity playing 'Tom' in Outlaws.

What's your favorite show tune?: One of my favorite show tunes is "Don't Do Sadness/Blue Wind" from Spring Awakening, which I was able to play this last month in the NY Regional Premier!

If you could work with anyone you've yet to work with, who would it be?:  I would love to work with Mark Rylance.   I feel that he is so genuine in the roles he plays and I love his consistency on stage.  He is always changing the way in which he portrays a character and I find that very inspiring.

Who could play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: Christopher Guest would play me. The movie would be called "I Found Guffman".

What show have you recommended to your friends?:  I have recommended Next to Normal because I feel that the music and story bring across a beautiful message.

What's up next?:
  After Outlaws, I am planning on focusing on school and to continue auditioning in the city!