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Drew Shafranek The Schmidt and Jones Awards Allen, TX

How did you get into theater?

I grew up listening to and watching Disney musicals. The first time my Mom says I started singing was in my toddler car seat as we sang along to the soundtrack cassette of "The Lion King" after the movie came out. When I got a little older (maybe five) my family went to see the Dallas Summer Musicals production of "Beauty and the Beast." I had watched so many children’s animated musicals on TV that after the stage production ended, I said, “Mommy, will you rewind it?”…In eighth grade, my Mom convinced me to try out… for the middle school production of Disney’s "High School Musical" and I landed the lead role.

Who are some of your role models in entertainment?

One of my big heroes in entertainment is Hugh Jackman because he is truly a master of all trades in the entertainment business. Not only has he been in countless blockbuster film hits, but he has also achieved much success on the musical theater stage. He is a remarkable actor, and I strive to accomplish the same things that he has achieved in his lifetime.

Why is performing important to you?

I love the diversity of acting. I love the challenge of being believable. I love how it feels to have the audience hanging on my every word. And I love to sing. Dancing? I can’t personally say I love to dance. I CAN throw a double pirouette. It may not be the most graceful pirouette....but I can land it! If you had asked me what a pirouette was two years ago, I would have said, “A french pastry?”

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