Children’s Theatre of Western Springs Spotlight: George Levy

George Levy | Submitted by the Children's Theatre of Western Springs
George Levy | 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 George Levy of Clarendon Hills. He joined the CTWS, on a permanent basis, in eighth grade after taking classes for one year in fifth grade.

Q. Why did you join CTWS?

A. My sister Tess had been taking classes since she was in second grade, and my parents thought that I could get a lot out of it as well.

Q. What made you discover your interest in theater?

A. During my eighth grade class, I decided to audition for “Gossamer,” the Spring HSR show that year. Once I was cast and began getting involved with the company, I was hooked and decided to fully commit for the rest of high school.

Q. What is your favorite thing about theater?

A. My favorite thing about theatre is watching the show come together. I love identifying the moment when all of the hard individual work of the actors and designers begins to blend and form a cohesive show to bring the script to life.

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

A. I have had a pretty good exposure to both at CTWS. Some of my favorites work has been co-directing “Shel’s Shorts,” stage managing “Starry Messenger,” designing sound for “The Boxcar Children” and “The Sparrow,” and playing Mrs. Galahad in “Spamalot” and Benny in “Rent.”

Q. What is your favorite thing about CTWS?

A. I love how a majority of the people involved, especially the high schoolers, recognize the hard work that is needed to make the shows great. The work ethic of CTWS’ members is outstanding, and it really shows in the work we do.

Q. Do you see yourself continuing to act?

A. I definitely see myself staying involved in college. Not necessarily as a major, but I will try to stay very active in extracurricular theatre groups.

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

A. I’m not completely sure yet. Hopefully I will discover that next year when I’m at Northwestern University, where I plan on majoring in economics or political science.

Q. What is your dream role?

A. Most likely Valjean in “Les Miserables.” I have wanted to perform in that musical since my sophomore year, when I played in the pit for my high school’s production of the show.

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