Raynor Rubel as Gus in Saturday Night Fever

Posted by: Pia Haas on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 12:00:00 pm

I am a New Jersey native, born and raised in NJ.  I grew up in Pine Brook and Newark. I graduated from Montville Township High School.  I presently attend Montclair State University.  I train in Ballet mostly but I also study tap, jazz, musical theatre, street hip-hop, fosse, acting, singing, and partnering.

There were 2 influences that inspired me to become an actor.  One is the movie "The Last Samurai" with Tom Cruise.  I admired Tom's work ethic and how he gets into character.  The other is my sister Nicolette Rubel.  She was taking dancing lessons and when we went  to register her, they told us that they were having a boys combo class that year being taught by Jim Raposa from the broadway show Cats.  I joined the class at age 9.  From there I took acting, singing, jazz and ballet. I eventually took intensive classes at New Jersey Ballet. (I have performed in 6 seasons of NJ Ballet Company's The Nutcracker in soloist roles.)

After awhile at a young age, I found what I wanted to do with my life.  There are others that have inspired me through the years.  Bruce Lee is one of them for his work ethic, artistry in film, his philosophies, his projects, and his presence.  I also admire old time dancers like Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, and the Nicholas Brothers.

I heard about the casting call for Saturday Night Fever through Actor's Equity.  I have never done the show but always loved the movie.  This is my debut at WBT.  I really enjoy working with the cast and crew.  It is a great environment, very relaxed.  They really push you as an artist.

 Yes, I know the movie.  I think it is a great idea to make it into a musical because people of that generation and all generations can relive the movie and rehear the music of The Bee Gees.

Some of my favorite shows are Finding Neverland, West Side Story, American in Paris, and Singing in the Rain.  My dream role would be whatever job that can hire me because in different shows you can play different roles and express yourself in different characters.  I would love to play Tommy DeVito in Jersey Boys.

I enjoy training in ballet, tap, partnering, fosse, and street hip-hop.  I go to the gym, stretch, and do flexibility exercises.  I keep a very strict training schedule so I can improve myself.  I love to go to the movies, restaurants, the beach, and taking ballet classes. I also teach Dance, Drama, and martial Arts to Children with special needs for Pathways For Exceptional Children, a nationally funded non-profit organization.  

I have many things on my Ipod.  I listen to Elvis Presley,  Earth, Wind and Fire, Hans Zimmer, Gershwin, Chuck Berry, Newsboys, Frank Sinatra, James Brown, and Miles Davis 

Raynor Rubel as Gus (Left,  withChristopher Hlinka)


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