Lyric Arts had a chance to interview Alex Hage, who is performing as Georgie Pazinski in Over the Tavern. Read on to hear what he has to say about his experience thus far! LA: Tell us a little bit about why this particular show interested you?
AH: Because I got to say the "S" word.
LA: For those who unfamiliar with Over the Tavern can you tell us about the show?
AH: It's about a family who tries to overcome a lot of struggles. A lot of religious troubles and family problems.
LA: Talk about the character that you play in Over the Tavern. How have you developed this character?
AH: I play an autistic boy who tends to copy a lot of the things he has heard other people say. He doesn't know what he's saying or what it means most of the time. He's pretty innocent. I worked with the director and stage manager to learn how to perform actions similar to those of autistic people. It has been challenging and very fun.
LA: Why should people come and see Over the Tavern
AH: It's a good combination of a serious show and a comedy.
LA: Talk about your fellow cast members, how do you see their characters developing? Any that you are particularly amazed at?
AH: I think they are all doing a good job at developing their characters. Maia does good job crying.
LA: What do you feel are the "wow" elements of Over the Tavern?
AH: The set is very good because it's pretty big. There is a full staircase...it's quite good!
LA: Tell us what is something that you are particular excited about this show coming to together? For example, a certain scene, costumes, set, lights, etc?
AH: All of it. It will be fun to see all the costumes, set, and lighting.
LA: Do you have any rituals or things you do to prepare to go on stage when you are performing?
AH: Not really. This is only my second show. I suppose I try to channel my inner ninja.
LA: Why do you choose to spend time at Lyric Arts?
AH: Because it is a friendly community with good directors and good actors. It's a fun place to spend time.
LA: What is your favorite way to spend your free time? As your character in the 1950’s, how would you spend your free time?
AH: My favorite way to spend free time is to play my Nintendo3DS or to read a lot of books. If I were Georgie I would probably read books like he does in the show.
LA: Please tell us a little bit about yourself?
AH: I like reading books, playing games, and hanging out with my 2 dogs (Fred and Scruffy). I'm in 6th grade at Anoka Middle School. I live in Brooklyn Park and Ramsey.