Markowitz Pursues Theatre Passion

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Jack Markowitz 11 is singing out in the play, Jack: A Moral Musical Tale where he played Jack Horner, a positive, young boy, who always has a bright outlook on life. “I think that every role that I play is so different, I like to kind of enjoy it for what it is,” Markowitz said.

Riley Smith, Ranger Review Reporter

Jack Markowitz 11 spent four years at the Colorado Springs Conservatory, which is an after school program aiming to teach kids about music and theatre. In high school Markowitz chose not to continue with the program, in favor of completing the classwork given in high school. 

Markowitz learned many valuable skills in his time in the program. It’s where he got the basis of all his knowledge in theatre. 

“I was in their accompany program, so I did all the basics. Piano was a requirement, so was ear training, which is listening to music and writing stuff down about it,” Markowitz said. “As well as music theory, and I took acting, a movement dance class. I also took private acting and singing lessons.”

Throughout his years in the program he performed in many different plays as many different characters, all unique in their own way, and all with a new challenge to face. He prepares to play each character by relating them to himself as much as he can. 

“I prepare, just by relating circumstances in their life to my life. I think that each character it’s just relating their backstory to mine,” Markowitz said. “So that I can feel true to the character, but that’s different for each character because every character, who they are, where they came from, their history, it’s all very different.”

Along with the traditional, scripted acting, Markowitz also enjoys doing improv acting. Improv acting is simply acting with no script, you don’t know what’s going to happen and you have to further the plot based on what’s happening around you.

“I love improv, I think it’s very fun, and I think it’s a great skill to have to just build on to what you need to scripted acting and stage acting and things like that,” Markowitz said. 

Above all else though, acting is his passion, even if he doesn’t pursue it for a career he always wants to keep it a part of his life. 

“I think that it’s something that anyone has the potential to do, and it just kind of comes as a natural instinct to me, I just really enjoy it,” Markowitz said. “I love the exhilaration of being on stage, and being in front of an audience and performing things that you’ve been working on really hard on for a long time.”