Meet Xander Chauncey as JUDAS

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Posted by: Pia Haas on Monday, June 29, 2015 at 12:00:00 am

Xander Chauncey is currently playing Judas in our Production of Godspell. Audiences enjoyed his performances in our productions of It Happened One Christmas Eve, Titanic, and as the title role in Jekyll & Hyde.

I grew up an Army brat, so we moved every couple of years. It was quite an adventure, but pretty hard to ever feel settled. I think learning to fit in at every new school was my first acting lesson.

Why be an actor? Ever want to be someone else? Sure. Everyone does sometimes. To me, acting is like tourism for the soul.

Honestly, I've never seen Godspell on stage! I'd heard some of the iconic music, of course, but wasn't familiar with the songs that Judas sang before being invited to audition. After hearing "On the Willows," though, I was hooked. The music is gorgeous and the concept of the show is so exciting! I believe the Westchester audiences are in for a treat.

I watched the movie recently, for research. I enjoyed it! The beauty (and downfall) of film is, that it's a snapshot of the time that it was made. The film that I watched is the exact film that audiences watched in the movie theaters over 40 years ago. It was made to speak to future generations, too, but it was created with the language and energy of that time. For this reason, film will eventually feel dated. Live performance, though, communicates directly to the audience at a given performance and ONLY to that audience. There is an intimacy on the stage that can't be found anywhere else.

I'm a sucker for tragic beauty! Give me Les Mis, Ragtime, Titanic and Phantom any day. I've been lucky enough to play a couple of my dream roles here at WBT! 

It's like a family here at the WBT. We not only work together, we've developed strong, lasting friendships. The audience would never believe the shenanigans we get up to backstage!

I've always been big outdoors guy.  When not on stage,  I can usually be found (or not found) backpacking somewhere remote and spending the night under the stars in my hammock. 

I enjoy listening to music, lately, it's been Phosphorescent Blues by Punch Brothers. Oh, and Clash of Clans!

                

As Barrett w/Jeremy Ellison-Gladstone in Titanic              As Dr. Jekyll in Jekyll & Hyde         

  

As Buddy w/ Devon Perry (Dolly) in It Happened One Christmas Eve

 

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Since we have seen every main production at the WBT for more than 15 years, we have seen and enjoyed your performances in all 3 of the above. Definitely looking forward to seeing God Spell. I have never seen this show either, so it should be a real treat. Good luck with your acting career, and have a ball with God Spell. See you at your opening performance on the 9th.
Posted by: Annette Smith on June 29, 2015 at 8:23:55 pm

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