IN THIS WEEK’S “Faces of ITS” profile, meet Jacob Wells, a five-star Thespian junior from Troupe 3178 at First Colonial High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Jacob Wells

Jacob Wells

How has theatre impacted your life?
Theatre has impacted my life by giving me a sense of community, and it makes me feel welcomed and loved. Theatre has gotten me out of so many dark times. It’s given me the drive to go into the world and be myself.

What is one lesson you’ve learned from theatre?
The biggest thing I’ve learned from theatre is that being myself is the best thing I can gift to the world. Being myself helps me develop my characters onstage. I can never fully be someone else, so I have to mix Jacob in with the characters I play.

What has been your favorite theatre experience so far?
My favorite show I have ever been part of was RentRent taught me the importance of community, living life to the fullest, and living every day like there’s “no day but today.”

Who is your theatre hero?
My theatre hero is Andrew Lloyd Webber. In my opinion, he is one of the greatest people in theatre history. The first time I saw something made by Andrew Lloyd Webber was watching [a filmed version of] The Phantom of the Opera on my VHS player when I was 7. Since the first time I watched Phantom, I have been in love with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s work. He created something so beautiful that his name and his work will never be forgotten.

What theatrical character or show best describes your life?
The theatrical character I relate to most is Damian Hubbard from Mean Girls. He is always the one to introduce himself and become friends with new people. Damian also has Janis, his best friend, and I have Abriel, who is my BFF and always will be. Damian has the biggest and loudest personality. He also makes it a point that people know when he walks in the room. He has confidence, and he truly believes he’s a star — no matter what people tell him.

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