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Jake Murphy

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

I was nine years old, and my first show was “Children of Eden”. It started as a way to get out of school to hang with my friends who were involved in Children’s Theatre, but it very quickly turned into something entirely different. It became a passion, and I haven’t looked back since.

I’ve been very fortunate to work with many wonderful companies and productions. A few favorites have been Peter in Peter and the Starcatcher (WDI), Billy the Hero in Silent Laughter (WDI), Warren in This is Our Youth (Riverfront Playhouse) Moritz in Spring Awakening (Arts Center of St Charles), and Hamlet in Hamlet (Albright).

Do you work primarlily as an actor or do you have a 'day job'?

I wish, one day soon though!

What do you list at the bottom of your resume as 'additional skills'?

Horse Back Riding, Pogo Stick, Human Crash Test Dummy.

Why did you audition for this particular production?

It’s one of my absolute favorite scripts, and the movie is a masterpiece. It’s a modern day Shakespearean or Greek tragedy. The role of Mozart has been at the top of my bucket list of roles since high school.

And you play the title character.

Yes, I play Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. A musical prodigy with seemingly divine talent, but also a deeply flawed and complicated human being. In my opinion, he is the first generationally great musician. His ability and mind for music still may have yet to be matched to this day.

What is the most challenging aspect to portraying Mozart?

The biggest challenge is also probably my favorite part of playing this role: the insane peaks and valleys Mozart goes through in the play. There are very few roles, if any, that I can think of that we see the extreme agony and ecstasy a character goes through. It’s a tremendous gift, but it has stretched and challenged me as an actor.

Who do you think is going to love this show?

There’s something for everyone. Fans of the movie and story will love the material, and the new concepts will bring in a fresh audience who may have been previously unaware of the story.

Call someone out by name. Who would you like to come see you play Amadeus?

I am always deeply appreciative of anyone who spends their hard earned money and gives their time to support local arts, but seeing teachers who I admire and have inspired me resonates a little differently. Lisa Schmela, David Rodriguez, Griffin Sharps, and Jonathan Horn are the big ones who come to mind.

What do you think the audience will be thinking as they leave the show?

That’s a tough one. Without giving too much away, we see how destructive and poisonous envy can be. Maybe it’s a moment to reflect on that, and let go.

Don't give anything away, but what's your favorite line of dialogue?

“My tongue is stupid, but my heart isn’t.”

What's the last thing you do before stepping out onto the stage?

It’s a little different for every scene, but it’s usually what do I NEED in this very moment. Before the show even begins I also check in with each cast member letting them I know have their back.

Also, I'd like to add...

Almost six years ago to this very day, I posted on my Facebook how badly I wanted to step in this role. To say that I’m lucky enough that it’s now my reality would be a gross understatement. I might be the most excited I have ever been to share my art with my friends, loved ones, peers, and the public. I cannot wait to see you there!

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