The life of a theater boy


Photographer: Nina Blair

Zuhoor A., Reporter

J. Scott, a senior at ASD, is an inspiration to young boys who want to pursue musical theater. Musical theater is a combination of acting, singing, and dancing, and is conceived by many as a feminine activity, due to the melodramatics and portrayal of emotions. Broadway League says, “68% of the Broadway audience is female.” However, Backstage notes that only 32% of Broadway characters are female. 

It is common for boys, especially in high school, to have their masculinity questioned because of being involved in activities associated with femininity; however, Scott believes that “it doesn’t matter what others think because as long as you love what you are doing, that’s what really counts in the long run.”

Scott has been doing musical theater for as long as he can remember. He attended dance camp at the Carnegie Mellon pre-college program in Pittsburgh and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy pre-college in New York City. He has been involved with musical theater since elementary, and has been in high school musicals such as Hello Dolly, Hairspray, Once on This Island, and The Old Man and the Old Moon.

Scott is also a team captain and the only male of the ASD dance team, which has performed at numerous school events such as the pep rally and junior/senior Powderpuff halftime show. In these performances, he has regularly turned heads with astonishment and awe at his athletic agility, impressive kicks, and seemingly impossible splits. He plans to take part in the Powderpuff performance this year as well. He is also president of the Thespian Theater Society. 

Inspirations of Scott include Marilyn Monroe, for her mesmerizing voice, and Jeremy Jordan, a dancer, singer, and actor, known as a “triple threat.” He plans to continue with musical theater in his future, considering the musical theater program at Carnegie Mellon Pittsburgh for his undergraduate degree.

He is supported by his mother, who is always involved and interested in his plays, and the people he surrounds himself with at school. His teacher Ms. Leah Bramley and costar N. Khatib (’20) both believe that he is “a true star.”