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July 2, 2013 > Local talent lands pro gig

Local talent lands pro gig

Submitted By Helen Chang

This summer, Fremont resident Andrew Apy, age 14, has been cast as Prince Chulalongkorn in the Music Circus production of "The King and I," produced by Sacramento's California Musical Theatre, one of the largest nonprofit musical theatres in California. Apy, who just completed his freshman year at Irvington High School, states, "I like the challenge of learning a new character, and working in a new type of theater - a theater in the round."

The Music Circus production isn't the first professional production in which Apy has been cast. In December 2011, TheatreWorks gave him the role of Colin in "The Secret Garden," and he was thrilled to be paid. "I got to work with professional actors and really see what the business is like."

Apy's start in theatre was inspired by Ms. Gina Ali, former music teacher at Warm Springs Elementary School in Fremont. After his first role outside of a school play, as Charlie in "Willy Wonka, Jr." performed by Stage 1 in Newark, he was hooked. Since then he has performed in a number of shows with Fremont's youth performing arts group, StarStruck Theatre. If you are a StarStruck Theatre fan, you might have seen him recently as Sebastian in "The Little Mermaid, Jr." or last year as Flat Stanley in the "Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley." His favorite role, however, is that of Gavroche in StarStruck's 2010 production of "Les Miserables."

In addition to work with StarStruck, Apy has participated in local singing contests, been cast in a commercial, acted in a student film (doing his own stunts, with a stunt trainer), and auditioned for modeling, TV pilots, and movies. "I now realize that, in order to land a job, you need to keep trying and trying. And even then, you may not get the part you want. That is what is tough about doing this," Apy reflects. "But when you get on stage, the applause makes you forget all of the hard work."

"The King and I" will be performed for only one week at the Wells Fargo Pavilion in Sacramento, August 6 - 11. For performance times or to purchase tickets, visit www.calmt.com.

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