Children’s Theatre of Western Springs Spotlight: Jonathan Jackson

"The Boxcar Children," Jonathan Jackson (blue overalls) | Submitted by The Children's Theatre of Western Springs

Get to know the community of Western Springs with our Children’s Theatre of Western Springs Spotlight feature.

This week, we meet Jonathan Jackson of Western Springs who joined the Children’s Theatre in 2005, the summer before he entered fourth grade.

Q. Why did you join CTWS?

A. I had a ton of energy that my parents couldn’t quite contain. Instead of another year of sports camp, my parents tried the arts. I have been hooked ever since.

Q. What made you discover your interest in theater?

A. I have always liked being the center of attention. I guess my parents thought it would be the right fit. It is one of the only places I have always looked forward going to every day.

Q. What is your favorite thing about theater?

A. I love how theater accepts anyone who wants to learn the craft. Other extracurricular activities sometimes exclude those who don’t meet their standards, but this art is about sharing stories and furthering one’s artistic expression.

Q. At CTWS, do you work on stage, behind the scenes, or both? Name some roles/crews that were your favorite.

A. Throughout the years I have worked both on and offstage. My most recent onstage role was Angel in “Rent” but more recently I have had the privilege to co-direct the CTWS High School Repertory Company’s Spring Show, “Shel’s Shorts.” Every role, on or offstage, is exciting and I honestly cannot choose just one favorite moment.

Q. What is your favorite thing about CTWS?

A. I love the sense of community the theater possesses. Each person is respected, no matter the age or experience, and comes together to create beautiful stories to share with the surrounding areas.

Q. Do you see yourself continuing to act?

A. Yes! I am studying Musical Theatre at Columbia College Chicago this upcoming fall.

Q. What do you want to be when you grow up?

A. I hope to one day be an actor or possibly even comedy writer. I’ve been told from time to time I’m pretty funny.

Q. What is your dream role?

A. I don’t have a dream role. Every role is amazing in its own way and has shaped me somehow. I only hope to continue to add onto the list in the near future.

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