Aloha Friends and welcome back to our series of interviews where we get to know a few of the actors in our productions! Please meet Samuel Tafolo, who plays Pharus Tarell Alvin McCrany’s Choir Boys.
Samuel Tafolo is a young performer and designer. He has been in numerous shows at KHSPAC such as Cinderella: Enchanted Edition, Grease, Pirates of Penzance, and Little Shop of Horrors, but is now a part of their staff as a costumer and Hair/Makeup Artist. He also choreographs various Kaimuki HS events and their Dance Club, Explicity. Further, Tafolo actively performs with his kpop dance crew HIFORCE. He is extremely honored to be working with his cast mates and the production staff in his first show here and hopes for a successful start to this season at TAG. @designsb.st_11
As an actor, what is the most important thing you do on stage?
Tell the story. When you understand the idea of being selfless and strive to help get the message to the audience, everything falls into place and the story is told.
What is the craziest, wackiest experience you have had to deal with while performing?
Actually, it was with my fellow cast member, Dwayne Asiata. His character, the King, was trying on pants that were too tight, to show he had gained weight. During a performance, his pants gave out and ripped. The audience was laughing and they tried to go on with the scene. I played the servant, and since I was about to go on stage, I ran to the dressing room, yelled for an apron, and ran back in time for me to go out, tie the apron around him, and cover the rip.
What is it about your character that speaks to you personally?
There is a sass and weakness I connect with. Pharus will get defensive with his words when he feels threatened. I relate to this because there were times in my life where I had to mask the pain and vulnerability with a strong persona that proved I was just as worthy as anybody else. Which is a very strong trait in Pharus that motivates the rollercoaster of emotions created in him.What “truth” do you think the audience will walk away with after seeing this show?
What “truth” do you think the audience will walk away with after seeing this show?
That this is the reality. That plans don’t always work out the way you want them to or end happily. But you have to find your place in this world and keep the ones who love you in your life.
Thank you, Samuel, for sharing a bit about yourself!
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Come see Choir Boys by Tarell Alvin McCrany at The Actors Group (TAG), directed by Swaine Kaui. ‘Water by the Spoonful’ is running August 18 – September 3rd, 2017. Get your tickets online at http://www.taghawaii.net/ or call for reservations at 808-722-6941.
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