Mitchell Evans is a BFA Musical Theatre student in his Junior year at MSU and playing Aeneas in the Production of The Aeneid. Evans has been in rehearsal with this cast since the second day of this semester. Here are some of his thoughts about the production.
How is this character like you? Different?
Aeneas and I are similar in the fact that we both feel so deeply and care so much about the people we’re surrounded by, we definitely wear our hearts on our sleeve. We’re different in the simple nature of having two completely different stories making him not to be able to relate to parts of me and vise versa.
Is it easier to play this character or to be yourself on stage?
I mean it would naturally be easier to play myself on stage, but if I were playing myself I wouldn’t be acting. Not to say that I don’t have my personal attributes or habituals in the character, however, I enjoy relishing in the character more than playing myself.
What’s the biggest challenge about taking on this role?
Trying to work the script with the care and honesty it deserves, but also to bring verisimilitude to someone's story that I can’t relate to because I’ve never had to experience that he had.
Without giving anything away, what’s your favorite line of dialogue?
“The ink in your fountain pen is worth more than the blood in my veins!” Is a line that Sam Fairchild has within the show that just gets me every time because it's one of those gut punches of truth, which this show is full of.
If you could play any other character in this show, who would it be?
Honestly any role! In this show everyone has their moment to shine and their moments to sit in the shadows, even Aeneas. It would be so fun to be anyone in this show.
What makes a good scene partner?
Listening and chemistry is what I’ve learned makes a great scene partner, and being able to try new things with a scene and your partner just adjusting and taking it to another step with you. I’ve been so grateful to have experienced several times in this process.