Megan Webber, a 17-year-old junior at Roaring Fork High School, has quite a lot on her plate.
She’s starring in her high school musical, “Flapper,” which opens next weekend, she is a DJ on the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program on KDNK, she sings with the Carbondale Community United Methodist Church Choir, and she’ll be studying abroad for her next school year.
Webber shared with the Post Independent some of her earliest memories of performing, why she loves her role in “Flapper” and where art fits into her future.
Post Independent: Have you been in plays or musicals in the past?
Megan Webber: This will be my 14th play. I’ve been in plays since I was in kindergarten. I went to Carbondale Community School for nine years, and every year, we did an all-school play. I was also in Jayne Gotlieb’s “The Sound of Music” when I was 11, Carbondale Middle School’s “Supervillain Comics” in 2012 and SoL Theatre’s “Original” and “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” in 2013. When I was in 8th grade at CCS, I played Miss Frizzle from “The Magic School Bus,” among a rag-tag bunch of other characters, and that was fun because I got to be overly happy and excited about everything. I did a lot of singing and dancing in that show, too. Even though I did not have a major role in “How to Succeed,” that production was one of my favorites because it was with an amazing cast, and the director, Logan Carter, was someone I considered a good friend of mine. It was a very successful show and full of life, and the singing and dancing were awesome.
PI: What’s your earliest memory of performing?
MW: My earliest memory of performing is from when I was in kindergarten (5 years old). I got up in front of the whole school and sang “Part of Your World” from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” I’ve never, ever had stage fright. Although I don’t remember it, my parents tell me that when I was 2 years old, Johnny O was playing in town, and I jumped on stage with him and starting singing and dancing along with the band. I also remember singing “Band on the Run” by Paul McCartney with my dad in front of my school while in kindergarten.
PI: Are you involved in any other types of art?
MW: I am a DJ on the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program on KDNK. I sing with the Carbondale Community United Methodist Church Choir, and Shanti [Gruber, director of “Flapper”] has taken me to all kinds of youth choirs around the valley with the RFHS choir. KDNK has been a second home to me for pretty much my whole life; my father and uncle were DJs, and my mother founded AZYEP in honor of my uncle after he passed away. I love the music selection, the community of KDNK, the family legacy and how much I’ve learned from the people there. Even though I’m not particularly religious, I love singing with the CCUMC choir because I have some good friends to sing with, and the director, Katie Sansone, is a wonderful music teacher. I love singing with choirs because I genuinely love learning music, and I love to sing.
PI: Tell me about your role in “Flapper.”
MW: In “Flapper,” I play the main character, Polly Pepper. This is my first major role, and I have mixed feelings of excitement and nervousness. When auditions were first announced, I wanted to be a part of it, but I didn’t think I would have time, and I’ll be honest, it’s been very difficult to find time to commit to this show. Polly is very likeable. She’s very flamboyant in everything she does, very bubbly and excited. The whole show basically revolves around her. It’s her 18th birthday, and she’s about to inherit this big diamond necklace, and she lands an audition with the Ziegfeld Follies. She’s quite the center of attention.
PI: Do you think you’ll stick with theater or the arts after high school?
MW: Because music has been a major part of my life for as long as I can remember, I can’t imagine why leaving high school would change that. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve started to grow out of the theater/acting scene, and more toward studying music. I want to study music in college and minor or major in it along with English, and become a teacher so I can teach music, English or both.
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