Saturday, August 18, 2012

Spotlight On...AJ Kiehner

Name: Anton Justin (AJ) Kiehner

Hometown: Wallingford, PA

Education: University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (BA Vocal Music, BA Electronic Journalism)

Select Credits: Sound of Music (Rolf, Media Theater); Into the Woods (Baker, Pauper Players); A Funny Thing… (Hero, Pauper Players)

Why theater?: Remember when, as a child, you used to put on shows in the basement for you parents? Well I never stopped. Who doesn't like to play make believe and pretend?

Tell us about Almost a Fantasy: Almost A Fantasy is the story of a piano teacher, her pupil, and their bond via musical expression. The story is told through a multitude of flashbacks, reenactments, and memories.

What is it like being a part of Almost a Fantasy?: Interesting! As with any new work we are constantly rewriting, re-memorizing, re-blocking, etc. Full of Re- 's, but it keeps us on our toes.

What kind of theater speeks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: I am specifically drawn toward shows which are inventive -- through new set design, costuming, playwriting layouts, etc. The fact that we can still come up with new concepts and ideas reaffirms my faith in the performing arts.

Any roles you’re dying to play?:
I am traditionally a Musical Theater kid at heart -- roles I'd love to portray include Marius (Les Mis), Henry (Next to Normal), and Leo Frank (Parade).

What’s your favorite showtune?: Any song or orchestral piece from West Side Story

If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: Kelli O'Hara

Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?:
Hahaha...umm, I've been told I resemble one of the kids from One Direction (not sure which one), so I guess he would play me. And I would title the film "Cinnamon Bun" (simply because I can't come up with a creative title, and thats what I'm currently chewing).

What show have you recommended to your friends?:
Peter and the Starcatcher

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Sleeping and napping whenever possible -- and cinnamon buns

What’s up next?:
SLEEEP -- and hopefully another project.