Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Spotlight On...CJ Eldred

Name: CJ Eldred

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Education: BFA University of Michigan

Select Credits: The Book Of Mormon (Elder Price)

Why theater?: Well, when I was trying to chose between pre med, banking and music theatre I thought the most stable career would most likely be theatre. And it's definitely the most fun of the three.

Who do you play in Claudio Quest?: I play the perpetual hero Claudio!

Tell us about Claudio Quest: The show lies in the pixilated world of vintage 90's video games and follows the hero Claudio, his not so super brother Luis, and the butt kicking Princess Fish on their quest to save Princess Poinsettia from a homicidal platypus.

What is it like being a part of Claudio Quest?: It's honestly the most fun I've had doing anything in a long time. The show lives in such a hilarious but honest world that every rehearsal is a perfect mix of play and hard work. I found I was instantly friends with the whole cast and John (director) and Shannon (choreographer) are such joys to work with! I might cry when it's all over.

What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: Anything that's genuine speaks to me. It could be anything from Shakespeare to a video game musical, as long as the content and performances are honest I love it. I find artistic fulfillment any chance I get to be truly vulnerable and expose something within myself that scares me. It sounds weird, I know. And my friends, they inspire me as an artist constantly.

Any roles you’re dying to play?: James Bond. I wish I was British everyday just so I could be James Bond. Also Hercules in the musical version (wink wink Disney theatrics) or Westley in "Princess Bride". That would be a dream come true.

What’s your favorite showtune?: “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life” from Spamalot. God, I love that song.

If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: Lin Manuel Miranda. I mainly just want to be his friend but working with him would be great too.

Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: hahaha, I hope some unknown actor would play me and get his big break doing it. It would be called, “Goofy Movie 2”

If you could go back in time and see any play or musical you missed, what would it be?: Definitely the original Guys And Dolls

What show have you recommended to your friends?: Hand To God. Go see it now.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: I love watching stupid cartoon shows like "Adventure Time" or "Rick and Morty". Definitely made for kids but I don't care. Well, "Rick and Morty" isn't for kids but "Adventure Time" definitely is.

What’s up next?: The unknown haha.

For more on Claudio Quest, visit nymf.org