Garcia originally hoped to receive college credit for the show, but the copyright dispute made that impossible, he said. He is using ECU’s facilities for rehearsals and performance, but the show is not sponsored by the university.
Garcia cast himself as Harry Potter, and his friends Jack Malm and Brittney Davis are playing Potter’s friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. The rest of the cast is made up of other ECU students, faculty members and alumni.
Garcia and the actors began rehearsals Jan. 13, but they have only a few more weeks to put the show together for opening night. Time is short because rehearsals are limited to one hour each night, three nights a week.
“Time has certainly been an issue, but like I’ve said, my actors just blew me away,” Garcia said. “They came prepared and they came good, and we’ve done the best we possibly could up to this point.”
He said the cast has finished blocking stage movements and memorized lines for Act 1 and is one-third of the way through Act 2. He said he is confident that the show will be ready on opening night.
Most people might balk at directing and taking the lead role in a musical production. But Garcia seemed to relish the challenge, saying that it has helped him grow as an actor and a director.
“I’ve learned a lot about acting in general from directing and studying others,” he said. “You study yourself, but you can never fully understand yourself as a director would. So as I’m acting and thinking about stuff for myself, I also can see others as I try to direct them and get the best out of them. And then I can apply it to myself.”
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