Q & A With William Venson (Duckling-Dear)

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William Venson is a sophomore scholarship student studying a B.A. in Theatre from Brenau University. Some of his previous productions include The Wizard of Oz at the Gainesville Theatre Alliance, The Wedding Singer, Love/Sick, and Legally Blonde: The Musical. Will is so excited to be playing Duckling Dear for his WonderQuest debut.

What excites you the most about this production?

I’m excited about being able to perform this show in front of so many children and attempting to put a smile on their faces as they go on to the rest of their day.

What do you believe will be the most challenging part of this production?

The biggest challenge is the short amount of rehearsal time we have before the show opens. This means a lot of work has to be done outside of rehearsal.

What has been your favorite part of the production process so far?

I enjoy getting to see all of the cast members bringing their choices to life in creating their specific animal and also bringing some of themselves into it as well.

What is your favorite moment in the play?

Duckling-Dear’s first interaction with the Great Blue Heron is my favorite.

Why is it important that young audiences be exposed to theatre?

Young audiences should see this show because the overall message is beautiful and each child who sees the play can get a sense of confidence in who they truly are or who they want to be.

What do you most hope audiences take away from this show?

I hope the audiences will take away that this show is centered around being confident in yourself, and that if you are not necessarily good at one specific thing, then there is something out there for you that you are good at. Everyone needs to find their place in this world, and staying truthful to your own individuality can help you achieve whatever your goals may be.

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