Meet the Cast: Anthony Majewski

ANTHONY MAJEWSKI is a Senior at VHS where he was recently seen as the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland.  He enjoys taking classes at CST and is excited to be a part of The Less Than Human Club.

What character are you playing?

My character's name is Harley DeYoung.

What aspects of your character do you find most interesting?

What I find most interesting about Harley is that he has layers to his personality. At first glance, all you see is a troublemaker and a rebellious teen. When Harley's in public it's like he has these walls built up around himself to look tough and hide how he really feels inside. And whenever Harley is alone with Davis he lets those feelings out and we understand why he does what he does. It wasn't until I really started working on those scenes that I felt sympathetic for him and realized that even though he acts tough, he's just a misunderstood, vulnerable kid on the inside.

What do you find most interesting about the play?

I like the timelessness of this play. It's really cool that it's set in 1968 and I think that the set looks pretty nifty, the costumes are awesome too, but a lot of the themes are still present today. Racism is still a big deal, and homosexuality has been in the news a lot lately, but most of the play is based around high school drama. Teenagers facing adverse times. And that is something everybody can relate to, no matter when they were in high school.

What has been most challenging for you as you have prepared for this play?

The most challenging part about preparing for this play has been getting into the right mindset to play Harley. While I can relate to him on many levels, he's still a juvenile delinquent. He's the polar opposite of me. I've never gone so far as to look at a teacher funny, whereas Harley spits in the face of authority. He deals with his anger and stress so differently... he explodes from all his pent up negative emotions. I like to think I'm a bit more cuddly than that.

What has been the most rewarding?

It's a shame that the cast for this play is so small, but I also find it rewarding. I feel like I have developed closer friendships with people here than I have with larger casts in the past. Quality over quantity, I guess.

What can audiences expect when they come to see this show?

Audiences can expect one heck of a show. It's got parts that will make them laugh, parts that will make them cry, and probably some parts that they'll feel indifferent about. We have one cast full of amazing kids that have been working their butts off to make this show spectacular. Expect to be entertained.

What are your thoughts on Chicago Street Theatre and the opportunities it provides for teen actors?

Chicago Street Theatre is one amazing place. They put on a show specifically for teens, they offer classes for young actors, they're really great. One year ago, acting was just this crazy dream of mine. I really wanted to do it, but I didn't know if I could. I have grown so much since I started taking classes with Lisa. I'll admit that if I do end up making it as an actor, I couldn't have done it without her. She's such a fantastic teacher and she puts up with my odd sense of humor. I'm pretty sure she doesn't teach anywhere else in northwest Indiana, so beat that other community theatres!