MEET THE CAST: NICHOLAS J GARLAND

Nicholas Headshot collageToday, we shine the spotlight on Nicholas Garland, who is a featured dancer in our upcoming production of Sweet Charity?

Nicholas Garland is 15 years old and is a sophomore at Design Tech High School. This is his third show on the Hillbarn Mainstage. You may have seen him recently as Curly in Oklahoma! with the Hillbarn Conservatory, The Fiddler in Fiddler on the Roof with the Hillbarn Mainstage, The Baker in Into the Woods with the Hillbarn Conservatory, and Patrick Denis in Mame with the Hillbarn Mainstage.

What inspired you to accept a role in Sweet Charity?
My sister and I were hanging out one day and she showed me this really cool dance number called “The Rich Man’s Frug”. Since then, I’ve been drawn to this show and Bob Fosse’s dance style. The style of dance is amazing and crazy unique and I am so glad I was given the opportunity to dance in this show.

What do you think the audience will be discussing on their way home after seeing Sweet Charity?
After seeing Sweet Charity, people will be contemplating what’s next for Charity. The ending really leaves an opportunity for you to explore the possibilities of where her next endeavors will take her.

What is your favorite scene in Sweet Charity?
My favorite scene in Sweet Charity is “Big Spender” because all of the women at the bar start off so aloof and calm even when the music is big and brassy. Later, they have these break out moments where they whip their hair, fling their arms, and swing their hips all over the place but they always revert back to the aloofness shown in the beginning.

Who would you most like to be stuck in an elevator with? Why?
I’d like to be stuck in an elevator with Patti LuPone because I’d like to know about all of her experiences whether her experiences as a kid and discovering her love for theatre, education, and onstage.

When did you discover your love for the theatre?
One day, when I was 6 years old, I was with my family in London. I accidentally got lost and wandered backstage of a theatre. Someone asked what I was doing there and I just told them that I lost my parents and they said they’d help me look for them. Sadly, a show was going on so I was the least of their worries. They had to do their part and be sure the show went on whether I found my parents or not. Someone else asked me what I was doing and why I wasn’t onstage. Before I could answer, they threw me on with the rest of kids and they were singing something about a saint and how they love her. I just moved my lips and did my best. Little did I know, I had just been onstage in the West End’s revival of Evita singing Santa Evita as a child of Argentina.

How did you get started in theatre?
I did Aladdin Jr.  here in 2010 with the Conservatory and doing the summer show every year has become a tradition. In 2013, I was invited to callbacks by the Conservatory Director for the MainStage’s production of Mame and I ended up getting the role of Patrick Denis. Since then, I’ve done other shows at community theatres, conservatory shows, and Fiddler on the Roof here on the MainStage.

What do you love about performing on stage?
I love meeting new people or getting to know people I’ve worked with before even better. I also love learning new styles of dance and the technique that goes along with it. Every show is an amazing new experience!

What is one fact or fun thing that we don’t know about you?
I like to wear a different costume every day that I am at Hillbarn from the upstairs costume shop…