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Corner Brook Intermediate’s Nathanial Vincent has a passion for musical theatre

Nathanial Vincent and Mira Buckle rehearse a song and dance routine from Corner Brook Intermediate’s production of “High School Musical.”
Nathanial Vincent and Mira Buckle rehearse a song and dance routine from Corner Brook Intermediate’s production of “High School Musical.”

In Grade 3 Nathanial Vincent asked Santa Claus to bring him a stage for Christmas. It was then the now 14-year-old Corner Brook Intermediate student realized he had a love for theatre.

That stage is still in his basement, and while he’s now about two feet taller than it, he’s finding his place and his voice on some bigger stages.

Vincent has performed with Theatre Newfoundland Labrador and even appeared in the locally produced B-movie horror “The Tentacle’s Claw.”

Those experiences have helped boost his self-confidence and ability to stand up and speak in front of large crowds.

Four years ago, when he was finally old enough, Vincent started participating in the senior musical theatre camp offered at Grenfell Campus with Lock and Keynote Productions.

He could have signed up for the junior camps, but Vincent said he was more interested in being able to secure a main role.

That never happened in his first two years of camp, but in 2015 he was cast as Professor Callahan in “Legally Blond The Musical Junior,” and discovered he could not only act, but that he could also sing.

He said it was a little surprising because he never really sang much before.

But deep down he knew his passion was always for musical theatre.

“I like acting, just not as much as musical theatre.”

With one big role under his belt, there was no stopping him. Last year, figuring he had a shot at it, Vincent auditioned for a role in his school’s production of “Grease,” and was cast as Doody.

This past summer he went back to the musical theatre camp and landed the role of Lord Farquaad in “Shrek The Musical Junior.”

And now the Grade 9 student is in the midst of rehearsals — learning songs and perfecting dance numbers — for the junior high’s upcoming production of “High School Musical.”

Vincent describes the play, based on the Disney movie, as “a modern Grease,” but with a more techno sound.

He’s playing Ryan, a character he says is a challenge.

“It’s not my personality. He’s very enthusiastic. He’s very over the top with his expressions.”

He’s playing opposite of Mira Buckle as Sharpay, Ryan’s twin sister.

“High School Musical” will be on stage at the arts and culture centre from March 2-4.

That stage is still in his basement, and while he’s now about two feet taller than it, he’s finding his place and his voice on some bigger stages.

Vincent has performed with Theatre Newfoundland Labrador and even appeared in the locally produced B-movie horror “The Tentacle’s Claw.”

Those experiences have helped boost his self-confidence and ability to stand up and speak in front of large crowds.

Four years ago, when he was finally old enough, Vincent started participating in the senior musical theatre camp offered at Grenfell Campus with Lock and Keynote Productions.

He could have signed up for the junior camps, but Vincent said he was more interested in being able to secure a main role.

That never happened in his first two years of camp, but in 2015 he was cast as Professor Callahan in “Legally Blond The Musical Junior,” and discovered he could not only act, but that he could also sing.

He said it was a little surprising because he never really sang much before.

But deep down he knew his passion was always for musical theatre.

“I like acting, just not as much as musical theatre.”

With one big role under his belt, there was no stopping him. Last year, figuring he had a shot at it, Vincent auditioned for a role in his school’s production of “Grease,” and was cast as Doody.

This past summer he went back to the musical theatre camp and landed the role of Lord Farquaad in “Shrek The Musical Junior.”

And now the Grade 9 student is in the midst of rehearsals — learning songs and perfecting dance numbers — for the junior high’s upcoming production of “High School Musical.”

Vincent describes the play, based on the Disney movie, as “a modern Grease,” but with a more techno sound.

He’s playing Ryan, a character he says is a challenge.

“It’s not my personality. He’s very enthusiastic. He’s very over the top with his expressions.”

He’s playing opposite of Mira Buckle as Sharpay, Ryan’s twin sister.

“High School Musical” will be on stage at the arts and culture centre from March 2-4.

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