An Interview with Danny Kapinos, playing Quince in Met by Moonlight

Danny Kapinos Danny Kapinos

Q: Where are you from?

Arlington Heights, IL

Q: How did you hear about The Music Theatre Company? What inspired you to audition for the Young Artists’ Program?

I have seen several of TMTC’s professional productions, and I discovered this program through the website and decided to audition for last year’s Young Artists’ Program production of Zanna, Don’t! I enjoyed the experience so much that I was thrilled to participate in the program again this year.

Q: Have you had any previous experience with Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream?

I have never worked on a production of a Shakespeare play before.

Q: What are some changes you see from the original source text to Met by Moonlight? What makes Met by Moonlight unique?

This adaptation has a very different tone than the original text, yet it still retains the essential elements that made the original story so powerful. There are definitely modern influences in this show, but at its heart, it is still very faithful to the centuries-old text.

Q: What is your process of developing a character? How do you begin?

I always begin with the text, looking at my character’s actions and language for clues that indicate who he is and why he is on stage at that point. I then use that as a starting point to develop a back story for my character that includes his relationships with the other characters in the show. During the rehearsal process, I get to see how my choices influence the scene, and then I refine and make more discoveries. It’s a process that can never really end, so even when the show opens, I will keep learning more about my character.

Q: What do you hope to gain from YAP? What experiences are you most looking forward to?

It’s very exciting to be working on a world-premiere musical, especially with such a talented group of individuals. My time in YAP last year was not only an invaluable learning experience but also really fun. I have no doubt that this year will be no different. I can’t wait to see how the show will end up!

Q: What do you want audiences to take away from the production?

I hope that audiences, especially young people, are able to see themselves in these characters. I also hope they have an enjoyable, entertaining summer evening seeing an exciting new work!

Q: What song is currently your summer anthem?

I’ve been listening to the new PIPPIN cast album constantly, so I’ll have to go with “Simple Joys” on that recording, sung by Patina Miller.

Q: What is your favorite food on a hot summer day?

Summer or winter–it doesn’t make a difference. My favorite food on any given day will always be deep dish pizza from Lou Malnati’s.

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