The Historical Theater Academy is about to gear up again on Tuesday nights, and we wanted to sit down with a current student of the program to get the inside scoop on what goes on behind the scenes during the program.
Linus Pulley, a junior at Fulton Independent High School and current participant in the Historical Theater Academy, was recently cast as a main character in a music video by an up-and-coming country band, Bexar. We sat down with Pulley and asked him some questions about how Historical Theater Academy impacted his life and how it prepared him for this role in the video.
How did you hear about Historical Theater Academy, and what made you sign up for it?
I participated in Jenny Virgin’s summer workshops at the Masquerade Theatre for many years. After she retired from the program, she announced the Historical Theater Academy (HTA) at Discovery Park. My mom told me about it and I entered the class to participate in theater again.
What has been the best thing about being involved in Historical Theater Academy?
The best part of HTA is the whole experience. Being able to create an entire show from the ground up, being able to act in that show, and making great friends along the way are some of the highlights.
Why should students in grade 6 – 12 sign up for Historical Theater Academy?
Students should sign up for HTA for a one-of-a-kind experience. Being involved in every single aspect of a new show is amazing.
You recently were the main character in the music video, “Again,” by the band Bexar. How did HTA prepare you for this role?
Historical Theater Academy taught me many acting skills that I still use today. The way I am able to convey emotion without speaking is a skill I picked up through HTA and other acting. HTA has also taught me to listen to my director.
What piece of advice would you give your peers who are thinking about participating in Historical Theater Academy?
I would tell them that it doesn’t matter if they have acting experience or not. HTA is a place for beginners and experts alike.
Anything else you would like to share about your experience in HTA?
I would like to say that HTA is the best program I have ever participated in. Building a show, acting in it, and making friends are some of the best experiences I’ve ever had.