|Daniel Gray (photo by Caroline V. Sturtz|
Meet Daniel Gray
Tell us a little about who you are when you're not on stage.
I work for Hewlett-Packard as an electronic data specialist supporting Florida Medicaid's fiscal system. Outside of work, I'm an avid gamer and movie buff and do some freelance writing from time to time.
How did you first get involved in theatre?
When I was three, I used to listen to Disney records and then act out the stories for my family. I've always been somewhat of a ham, I guess, but I'd inevitably clam up around strangers. It wasn't until I got to junior high that I was able to overcome that, joining the Thespians and performing in little one act plays. In 9th grade, I performed in a school production of Grease and I was hooked
What do you love most about acting?
The act of collaboration is inspiring. Creating not only characters, but interpretations and presentations of stories and putting your own spin on them. The best moments for me are when I am able to discover something new in a character or a scene with another actor. That link - that moment - creates a strong bond that simply cannot be quantified.
What has been the most challenging aspect of this show for you?
Finding a balance! Toby is a drunk, but he is also a noble. He's a schemer, but he's also the fun-loving life of the party. The physical aspect of the character also caught me off guard. There's drunken singing, dancing and sword-fighting to go with the comedy. I'm often sore after rehearsals, but its a good pain.
What would you say to encourage someone to try acting.
Go for it! Read up on the audition process, ask questions, but don't ever be discouraged. It's a completely different experience than the every day, and you might just discover something about yourself.
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