5 minutes with … a passionate, talented teen | PostIndependent.com

5 minutes with … a passionate, talented teen

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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
SubmittedEthan Griggs says his favorite place in Garfield County is the music studio his dad built in their house. Griggs, 13, has been accepted into the Denver School of the Arts.

When he was a mere 6 years old, Ethan Griggs performed with KC Johnson’s Roaring Fork Earthbeat Choir. He participated in several Aspen Theatre in the Park summer programs between 2000-02, and portrayed Baloo in “The Jungle Book,” a Gottlieb Bartley production, in the summer of 2005. From that point, he knew without question performing was his passion.

He will portray The Beast in “Beauty and the Beast” at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18, at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen.

Ethan and his parents, Lisa and Glenn Griggs, are moving to Denver this summer, and he will begin attending the Denver School for the Arts in the middle of August.

“Ethan is one of the most positive, loving, caring, passionate, committed kids I have ever come across in my years of teaching,” said Adam Bartley of Gottlieb Bartley Productions. “His desire to create art, whether music or theater, continually impresses me. … He is a wunderkind. I can honestly say Ethan will achieve whatever he wants in this life. … I just love that we could be a part of his life and give him a platform to continue to grow his craft. He will always be a part of our company!”

Name: Ethan Griggs

Age: 13

School level: Seventh grade

School: Carbondale Community School

What intrigues you about playing the Beast in “Beauty and the Beast?” Portraying a character who represents “inner beauty.” Also, the amazing costume.

Did you audition to get accepted to the Denver School of the Arts? Yes, the required audition consisted of two monologues and 16 bars of a showtune sung a-cappella. I choose a dramatic monologue from “Treasure Island,” and a comedic monologue from “Wizard of Oz.” I sang 16 bars of “Crazy For You,” and threw in a little tap dancing. Required written material included an essay and a resume.

What excites you most about attending the Denver School of the Arts? Being around other kids that share the same artistic interests.

What will be your school schedule? The school hours are 7:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. My theater major classes are in the morning, and academic classes are in the afternoon. Quite rigorous, I hear.

What other theatrical education would you like to take? Directing, technical education

Are you hoping to have a theatrical career? Theater is my second choice. My first choice is a career as a musician.

Favorite type of music: Alternative rock

What do you do in your spare time? I play piano and guitar, as well as vocals. I wrote my first original composition this year!

Breakfast cereal: I’m not big on cereal, but I’ll eat pancakes anytime, anywhere.

Favorite theatrical production: “Rent”

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? Wow … that’s tough to answer, as I have been blessed with working with the best mentors in theater and in music.

What will you miss most in Garfield County? My friends

Favorite place in Garfield County: My music studio my Dad built in our house.

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