Jacob Robbins has been with the Hillbarn Conservatory since he was four years old and was last seen in Pajama Game. The Conservatory is proud of Jacob and all that he has accomplished in the last two years. We are looking forward to hearing about his future endeavors in Boston!
Q: When did you know you wanted to be in shows?
J: Ever since I did my first show.
Q: What was that show?
J: Startots when I was 4 years old.
Q: Do you remember your first show?
J: I remember when I went to the first class, I didn’t have any friends because I didn’t know anyone, and I would talk to the teachers and it was fun because I was kind of like the teacher’s pet, and they introduced me to some really cool people. I remember being really proud of doing the smallest things on stage, like standing next to a set piece or getting to hold something. It was really cool.
Q: You’ve played a lot of different characters in different shows, what does it take to get into character?
J: Well, it’s pretty easy for me to get into character. Once you’ve learned all the lines and songs, you really get into it and know how to do it.
Q: What do you do in your spare time?
J: Play on my iPad!
Q: You were recently in Broadway Through The Ages, what was it like being in a show where everyone was featured?
J: It was really fun. I love a lot of the songs. At my house, I usually do little shows for friends and family, and I would sing songs from the show.
Q: How is doing Seussical different than Spring or Fall shows?
J: There are a lot more kids who don’t really know what they’re doing in summer, but it’s fun to see them learn. In the fall and spring, the kids seem like they know a lot about doing a show, and they’re pretty serious.
Q: What makes Hillbarn Conservatory special?
J: It’s a really nice Community. I tried out another theatre, and it wasn’t as friendly.
Q: What is auditioning for a show like?
J: I always get nervous. I always do fine and say the lines fine, and never end of crying or something…but I always get scared.
Q: What would you say to someone who wanted to do a show, but never auditioned?
J: Just sing. Have fun with it. Don’t get stressed out, and just have fun.
Q: What was the first musical you saw on stage and what did you think of it?
J: It was probably one of the musicals at my school. I don’t think it brought me to acting, but it interested me.
Q: What is one thing you’ve learned about yourself by doing theatre?
J: I am pretty good at memorizing stuff.
Q: What’s your favorite thing about being in a show?
J: I love the lights and the acting, and smiling at the audience. I love to see their reactions to the songs, and scenes. Like when they laugh, and when they clap.
Q: What was your favorite show you were in?
J: Either Seussical or Oklahoma! Seussical I had a really fun role. I got to start and end the show. Oklahoma was one of my first shows with the older kids and it was a great show with good memories.
Q: What’s a dream role of yours?
J: Evan Goldman from 13- The Musical.
Q: What do you want to do when you grow up?
J: Be an actor or a backstage person for someone really really famous.
Q: Do you have any hidden talents?
J: I’m kind of flexible and I’m not shy.
Q: Can you tell us a little bit about The Pajama Game?
J: It’s about the company can’t give a 71/2 cent raise, but all the employees are demanding it, and they’re going on strike.