Connor Moore is the epitome of a local up in coming star. He is mature beyond his 15 years and is one of the most focus young actors I have ever met. His answers below attest to his maturity, his intelligence and his drive to be the best he can be. Connor, thanks for being our Rising Star this month and I know I will be the first in line to see you on Broadway!
MDTG: What made you decide to be an actor and singer?
CM: I think the thing that made me decide to be an actor and singer was when I saw my first Broadway show. I was seven, and the show was Beauty and the Beast. Watching the show just gave me such a magical and wonderful feeling, from that moment on I knew I wanted to be up on that stage one day, and give others that feeling.
MDTG: What is your favorite role/character you have played?
CM: I think my favorite role would have to be Harry Macafee, in Bye Bye Birdie. First of all he is such a fun person to play, and requires a lot of great comedy. He’s also a very angry character, which I think allows for a lot of expressions of true emotion, and just letting out the anger that builds up inside. Also his personality is completely different from my own, which is always fun to play.
MDTG: Do you want to be a professional performer when you are out of school?
CM: Absolutely. It has been my dream for a very long time to perform on the Broadway stage. I have had a few auditions/call backs for national touring, and off-Broadway shows. I am also looking at some great performing arts colleges, and I plan on attending college for musical theater.
MDTG: What was your first performance?
CM: My first performance was when I was 7, I did the Wizard of Oz at my school (The Park School of Baltimore), and I was a Munchkin/Poppy.
MDTG: If you could teach something about being an actor to someone just starting out, what would you teach him or her?
CM: There are a lot of technical things that go into theater, and there are a lot of things you need to know. But I think the two things I would teach someone starting out would be to always believe in yourself, and to commit yourself 100% to every role you take on. If you don’t give it your best effort, or are holding back on some lines because they intimidate you it will show in your performance.
MDTG: What is the best advice/lesson learned about acting and who gave it to you?
CM: I think the best advice I was given was to never give up. To keep trying your best, no matter how many times you fail, or don’t get a part. This advice has helped me with my future in the arts. Anthony Wayne, who is currently a player in pippin on Broadway, gave this advice to me.
MDTG: What is your favorite Broadway show?
CM: I think I would have to say Pippin. Stephen Schwartz is a musical genius, some of the music in that show is so moving, and fantastic. The plot is also very moving, but filled with hilarious comedy
MDTG: What is your next show?
CM: I have two upcoming productions. The first is Suessical Jr. at Pumpkin Theatre, I play Horton the Elephant in that production. The second is Woody Allen’s Don’t Drink the Water at The Park School of Baltimore, and I play Walter Hollander in that production.