Will Chaloner ’13 had quite the task ahead of him earlier this semester when he took on Stage Managing Into The Woods for his Senior Project, but he managed to pull it off with aplomb! Will is finishing off his senior year as Assistant Stage Manager for Harvey, Production Coordinator on the Studio 115 Committee, and a newly-inducted member of Alpha Psi Omega!
The Department of Theatre and Dance interviewed Will about his experience here at UMW.
T&D:What is your major?
T&D: What’s your main focus in theatre?
Will: Stage Management.
T&D: How did you first get involved with theatre?
Will: I was asked if I was a boy my first day of classes, and then I said “Yes,” and they said “Cool, how would you like to be in a show?” And I said “Sure,” I met Gregg Stull, asked if I needed to do an audition piece or anything and he said “No, here’s your script, here’s your character,” and I was given three lines in our 2008 production of Our Town.
T&D: What is your favorite show you’ve worked on at UMW?
Will: Has to be Into The Woods. That one, I think, was the closest to what I imagine a professional theatre experience would be like, especially considering that our department strives to emulate the professional theatre world. Also because it was the first show we’ve done where we did two performances in one day, which was a new experience for me at UMW.
T&D: What are your plans after graduation?
Will: To work professionally in Stage Management in any way possible, to hopefully join the Actor’s Equity if given the opportunity, and improve my skills throughout the different productions that I could hopefully one day work on.
T&D: What is your favorite word? Least favorite word?
T&D: What is your favorite kind of candy?
Will: Nik-N-Lip wax bottles.
T&D: If you could work on any play or musical, which one would it be?
Will: Mary Poppins would be awesome to work on from a Stage Management perspective. Sleep No More would be a cool experience too.
T&D: Do you have any interests outside of theatre?
Will: I enjoy drawing a lot, artwork in general, and I’ve always had an interest in pursuing voice acting.
T&D: What was the greatest challenge of stage managing Into The Woods?
Will: I think there is no one big challenge, the reason why I requested Into The Woods as my senior project is because I knew there’d be challenges that would help me grow and gain new experiences through the process. So technically, the biggest challenge of Into The Woods was Into The Woods itself.