Jackson, if I'm not mistaken, you are new to CWCT this past year.
Is this correct? Tell me a little about you.
You are right. I am new to CWCT. About me? my name is Jackson "Jack" Buege. I am 11 years old and am currently a 6th grader at DC Everest Middle School.
So your in 6th grade. So what made you decide to get involved? Had you done anything before coming to CWCT? Can you tell me what your first show was - and maybe something about it that was memorable?
Actually I had never done anything like this before. You see ever since I can remember, my mom, grandma and great grandma would take me to shows at the Grand Theater and to the high school productions at DC Everest. After being in the audience all the time I though I wanted to try doing more. So I took a deep breath and decided to audition for "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer JR" in the fall of 2021 and that I got the chance to be "Charlie in the Box". The thing I really remember is not
“Disney's Moana JR” is currently my third show ever. I play Chief Ancestor 2.
My first show, as I mentioned, back in November 2021, I played Charlie-in-the-Box in “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer JR”. In between those two, back in March this year, I played Stanley Lambchop in “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley JR”
So you're pretty new. Well then how many shows have you done? Any favorite Parts?
So you're really on a roll. Any favorite show from your ones so far? Can you tell me what made it your favorite?
My favorite role (and show) thus far has been playing Stanley Lambchop in “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley JR”. There were a couple of reasons it was my favorite so far. First, I was able to see my friends from “Rudolph” again and as well as other kids from my school. You sorta miss seeing people after you spent so much time together - so that was great. It was also a funny production (I mean I was "flat") and having that role was a cool opportunity that I was grateful to experience.
knowing many of the people (kinda weird). By the end of the show though, I knew the whole cast and it felt like it wasn’t just something new to do - It became a fun hobby. I made great friendships that first show and it really helped me get out of my comfort zone - for the better.
Yes - getting to reconnect with "theatre friends" is something to don't get until you experience it. So, are you saying, you're a "theatre kid"?
If so, what do you think makes you one?
Yep, I'm a theatre kid now. I feel like for me, when I came back to do my second show, that’s when I really felt it. My first show was about learning what theatre was, what you did and how it worked. Then that next show came. I was more experienced and I could help other new kids out. All of a sudden I knew what was going on and it started to feel natural.
I know you said you're very new to all of this, but do you have a show or role you would really like to do?
To be honest - I don’t have a specific show or role in mind; I just want to continue to be in them. Maybe some day.
How about working with other groups locally?
Sure - some day. I know there are other places. I love CWCT though.
So do we. Speaking of which, If someone asked you "Why CWCT?" what would you tell them?
I would the them that CWCT is a great place to be! I think it provides opportunities for kids that live anywhere in central Wisconsin to take a chance at theatre, like me. When you go to CWCT, you will feel like you belong there. You can be whoever you want to be. You can't get that just anywhere.
Our final question - and it has become a bit of a classic (if I do say so myself) - do you have a theater related joke or meme for me?
I think the best theater joke/saying I’ve heard so far is
“The audience comes to see the cheeks on your face, not the ones behind you”
Ha Ha. Yeah, I've heard that a lot - great advice. Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions. We can't wait to see you in "Moana JR" this November.