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September 17, 2012

Meet Harrison Grant, Charleston Stage Professional Resident Actor

Filed under: Back Stage Blog — julianw @ 10:44 am

Harrison Grant, Charleston Stage Professional Resident Actor


Q: Where did you grow up? Were there any activities you did as a child that led to your passion for theatre and the arts?
A: I spent most of my childhood in TItusville, Florida and most of the activities I took part in were sports. In middle school I joined the band, but I didn’t really get into theatre at all until my Junior year of high school. I was always interested ( I had a fascination with TV) but never pursued anything until later in school.


Q: Where did you study theatre?
A: I went to the University of Central Florida and just graduated from there with a BFA in Acting.


Q: Where have you worked previously? What are some of your favorite roles?
A: I did some community theatre in my home town of Titusville, and I also took a part of Playfest! at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater. Most recently I worked as a dancer at The Lost Colony in Manteo, North Carolina. Some of my favorite past roles have been Benny in Rent and Kenickie in Grease, but my absolute favorite so far has been playing Antonio in Twelfth Night.


Q: How did you prepare for playing Kyle (the UPS Guy) and your other multiple characters in Legally Blonde? Were there any challenges or things that you were excited about with taking on this character?
A: The first thing I did was re-watch the movie so I could get the basic story line down. Other than that, I just spent a lot of quality time with the music and the soundtrack. The biggest challenge I faced was all the different kinds of dancing I had to learn. I had never worked with jump rope’s before, let alone done a Riverdance! All that aside, I was really excited to try a lot of new things and I have a blast with Kyle every night.


Q: You’ve been in performances for the past three weeks… what do you look forward to each performance playing Kyle?
A: I really look forward to when the audience is first introduced to Kyle. He pretty much comes out of nowhere, but I feel that he brings a nice new element for Paulette to deal with.


Q: Please share with us your thoughts and experience so far on being a Resident Actor with Charleston Stage.
A: I’m having a blast working for Charleston Stage. I get to do something that involves acting pretty much every day which is way more than I thought I would be doing right out of college. Teaching is a new experience for me, but I’m enjoying it so far. It’s nice to know that these kids are getting some theatre or arts experience at a young age, and i’m glad that I get the chance to be a part of that.


Right: Charleston Stage's Professional Resident Actor Harrison Grant as Grandmaster Chad in "Legally Blonde the Musical."





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