When he’s not busy playing Peter Pan in “Peter and the Starcatcher,” Tweedle Dee in “Shrek the Musical,” or understudying in the most recent Northwood production “Almost, Maine,” he’s busy running the International Thespian Society and ComedySportz program at Northwood. Enrolled in the trifecta of performing arts at Northwood—choir, theatre and dance—senior Akash Seeramreddi is no stranger to the stage.
Alice Chien: How long have you been performing?
Akash Seeramreddi: I started dance when I was little, but I only took it for a month before I stopped. I started again in sophomore year, and now I’m in Dance III. Similarly, I took choir in fifth grade, stopped in middle school, then picked it up again as a sophomore at Northwood. I’ve always been interested in acting; I took a class when I was little, then took drama classes at school starting in middle school and continuing it to now.
AC: What is your favorite part about performing?
AS: I think my favorite part about performing would be the thought of how much performers could impact someone’s life through just a movement, line or lyric.
AC: Do you have a particular character you enjoy playing the most? How about a favorite theatrical genre?
AS: The villain or sidekick is probably my favorite because they’re always interesting. I would say dramedy (drama-comedy) is my favorite genre because it has a good balance where people can to connect to it and have the emotional aspect, but they can have a good time, too.
AC: What is your biggest performance achievement?
Probably Peter Pan from “Peter and the Starcatcher.” There was one rehearsal where it felt like I wasn’t acting because it just felt so natural.
AC: How do you balance performing and school?
AS: Honestly, I started putting things in my calendar app, and it lets me know when and where events are. It helps me realize the big picture, and then I can focus on the most important things.=
AC: How has acting changed your life?
AS: When it comes to acting, you get to see the different aspects of life, even if the characters aren’t real. You get a new perspective when you play a new character.
AC: Have you ever had to deal with stigma with dance and theatre being seen as feminine?
AS: Not at Northwood, but at my old middle school, performing arts were seen as a lot more feminine and for girls, but I didn’t care. I just know that I love it, and I know the reasons why I do it. I don’t want to have other people’s opinions dictate my choices and my life.
AC: Do you plan to major in the arts or continue this in the future?
AS: Yes and yes! I’m planning to major in theatre in college.
AC: If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring performers, what would it be?
AS: Ms. Keiko, my vocal coach, said something two weeks ago and it really hit me. She said “if you want to be a performer, 15 percent of it is talent and 85 percent is how humble and kind you are as a person,” so I think that’s what performers should keep in mind.