Spring Awakening brings a host of both new and familiar faces to Klein Theatre, but none so familiar as
Evan Crump ’15! Since his freshman year, Evan has appeared on stage every semester, from roles such as
Judge Gaffney in Harvey, Howard in Moon Over Buffalo, and more! Now he’ll be taking the stage as Otto in Spring Awakening, his third musical in Klein. In addition to his acting chops, Evan serves as one of our
Box Office Assistants and the Department Representative for the class of 2015!
The Department of Theatre and Dance brought Evan in to talk about his time here and the shows he’s done.
T&D: What is your major?
T&D: What’s your hometown?
Evan: Front Royal, Virginia.
T&D: What’s your main focus in theatre?
T&D: How did you first get involved with theatre?
Evan: I guess it was really my mom who introduced me to theatre as a kid, forcing me to audition in random community theatre shows. But I didn’t act again until high school, and I really found a love for it towards the end of my high school career.
T&D: What is your favorite show you’ve
worked on at UMW?
Evan: Definitely Moon Over Buffalo. It was in my freshman year, and I found it very intimidating to a degree, being the only freshman among juniors and seniors, but I learned so much from that show, and the character I portrayed mixed with the humor of the show was very fun to play.
T&D: What are your plans after graduation?
Evan: I haven’t thought about that too much. A sort of general idea is to move to DC and hopefully start an acting career. But other than that, I haven’t thought too much about what I would like to do.
I guess I should start.
T&D: What is your favorite word? Least favorite word?
Evan: My favorite word is spiffy. I like those old-fashioned descriptor words, like nifty, swell, things like that. They’re nice words. Least favorite word? Something about the word vat when describing any sort of amount of something. A vat of anything sounds disgusting.
T&D: What is your favorite kind of candy?
Evan: Flake Bars. They’re a Cadbury product that I first tried when I went to London a few years ago, and my mom, any time she sees them in any international food store, she makes sure to ship me some, they’re delicious.
T&D: If you could work on any play or musical, which one would it be?
Evan: I would love to work on Sunday In The Park With George; ever since I first heard the music from the show and went in-depth and researched the show, I’ve just fallen in love with it; and I would love to play Georges Seurat someday.
T&D: What’s a fact about you that most people wouldn’t expect?
Evan: I think, at least at first, I come off very mature with a sense of not ever wanting to goof off or something like that. But when you really get to know me, I’m one of the most immature people ever, and I’ve often been called childish by many close friends. And that’s a feature that I hope never goes away.
T&D: Who would be some of your biggest professional influences?
Evan: Well I look up to Raul Esparza and Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters, just a lot of big-named, talented individuals who have made a good career for themselves through hard work and dedication. And they all did Sondheim, so I guess I look up to many people, including Sondheim, who execute his shows very well.
T&D: What accomplishments or contributions would you like to be remembered for when you graduate?
Evan: I would like to be remembered for, if anything, doing a fantastic performance of some show that I’ve done here. But if that weren’t to happen, I’d be okay knowing that I at least made a difference through the interactions I’ve had with the people in the department.
T&D: Do you have any interests outside of theatre?
Evan: I like a lot of things outside of theatre, but I always find that they come back in some form. I’m very interested in ancient histories and ancient mythologies and just random tidbits of information. Tidbit’s a good word. And other than that, I’ve always found many other forms of art very enjoyable.
T&D: What makes Spring Awakening different from the other shows you’ve done with us?
Evan: Spring Awakening is a much more raw experience. Many of the topics discussed throughout the show are very controversial, even today, and I find that both exciting and terrifying at the same time. My fellow castmates and I have been working rather hard to discover what it might have felt like to be in such an oppressive society, and it’s interesting to me that however our society has grown and become more accepting, we still struggle with many of these taboo issues.