Performer of the Month: Noah Itzkovitz

Noah Itzkovitz is one of the conservatory’s rising stars. He’s been in many conservatory shows such as Alice in Wonderland, Into the Woods, The Stinky Cheeseman (The Giant), Oklahoma!, Once Upon A Mattress, Broadway Through the Ages, and currently an original play, Theseus and the Minotaur. Noah will be seen this summer in Seussical Jr.!

Q: You’ve played several different characters, what does it take to get into a character?

A: I think you just got feel the character, and act like you’re really the character.

Q: Out of all the characters you’ve played what was your favorite?

A: When I was one of the gangsters in “Toledo Surprise” in Broadway Through the Ages.

Q: You recently were in Broadway Through the Ages, what was it like being in a show where everyone was featured?

A: I was really glad. I really don’t like shows where you have a chance of not getting in. It was a really good show, and I think it was just a really good show because everyone got something.

Q: What makes Hillbarn different than other places you’ve done shows with?

A: I have done school plays, and this is the only place where I’ve done other shows. I think everyone here is just really friendly. People are just always nice here.

Q: What is auditioning for a show like?

A: At first you think you might feel nervous, but then you end up feeling very good. And end up thinking you’ve done great.

Q: What was the first musical you’ve ever seen on stage? What did you think of it?

A: The first show I saw was Into the Woods, and I thought it was really great. I had just done the show with the conservatory, and I wanted to see adults do it and how it was done differently than ours. I liked how they used the theatre.

Q: What musical are you currently obsessed with?

A: I’m obsessed with Hamilton, and I’m really excited because I’m going to see it sometime in May. Before Broadway Through the Ages, I didn’t even know about Hamilton. I was just thinking about singing, Once Upon A Mattress songs. After Broadway Through The Ages, I listened to Hamilton, and I was just hooked. I probably wouldn’t have listened to it if Broadway Through the Ages didn’t have us singing from Hamilton.

Q: What would you say is something you’ve learned about yourself by doing theatre or have learned doing theatre?

A: I’ve learned you can really do anything. First when I started doing shows, it was a Muppets play at my school, and I was so nervous. I had stage fright, and I just did it, and that gave me the courage. When I did my first musical, I didn’t know I could sing high, I thought I was a low singer, and then the music director, John pushed me a little to sing high, and I did it!

Q: What is your favorite thing about being in a show?

A: I love tech week. It’s just so much fun to see everything coming together, and I really love working with the costumes on.

Q: What was your favorite show you’ve been in?

A: I think Oklahoma! Because it was so lively and a lot of fun, and a lot of my friends were in it, also I want to say 13: the musical because it was a lot of fun being in a show with all my musical theatre friends, and it had high energy.  

Q: What’s a dream role of yours and why?

A: I would love to play Hamilton in Hamilton because I really like that role right now, or Aaron Burr because he ends up being a bad guy.

Q: Let’s just say you’ve won an award, what would it be for?

A: I have no idea. I don’t know. Maybe for best actor or best supporting… I don’t know

Q: Could you give me your best acceptance speech for an award?

A: Thank you, I couldn’t have done it without all of you. It all started at Hillbarn…

Q: What person would you love to be on stage with? This person can be from any time dead or alive.

A: Lin Manuel Miranda because as you know I really like Hamilton right now, but he also wrote Moana’s music and I thought it was really good.

Q: What is the one song you sing when you are all alone belting your face off?

A: “Guns and Ships” from Hamilton.

Q: Can you talk about any show mishaps?

A: One time in Alice in Wonderland, I was saying a line as the Do do Bird, and I said it wrong, and when I went offstage I said, “oh no! I messed that up!” and my mic wasn’t off so everyone in the theatre heard it.

Q: What’s your routine that you go through before you go on stage? Do you have any specific warm ups or superstitious  things you do?

A: I’ll sing the songs from the show, and say my lines before.

Q: What do you want to do when you grow up?

A: I think I want to be an actor. Acting is just so much fun for me and it changed my life. I think it would be fun to even make plays.

Q: Do you have any hidden talents no one really knows about?

A: I’m really good at math. I love math! It’s so much fun!

Q: What do you look forward to for your future theatre endeavors?

A: My current one I’m doing is Greek Theatre (Theseus and the Minotaur). I want to say my lines the best I can since there are no songs. I think I do, and everyone else does their best, it’ll be a great play.