By Byrne Harrison
Gavin is currently one of the top-rated contestants vying for an official Rent audition with Telsey + Co, as part of the Rent Online Audition Contest.
How did you find out about the Rent auditions, and what made you decide to go for it?
One of my friends sent it out over e-mail to the theatre group I'm in at UVA, the First Year Players, as a joke. FYP is doing Rent this spring, so everyone got their kicks saying, "They copied us!" and all that jazz. Then, it hit me - "Why not? I've gotta do this." I went to my close friend, Jeff Luppino-Esposito, who has been promoting me and making videos for quite some time. He told me we have to do this, so here we are!
I really like the look of your video. How did you come up with the concept?
Jeff and I are equally responsible for the concept. We both decided we wanted to go to this one part of Charlottesville and perform on the side of a building that's a little bit older than the rest -- really artsy. However, when we got there and saw the railroad tracks, we thought, "Gold!"
Who's that with you in the video?
That's my friend Micah White, excellent guitarist and superb humorist.
How long have you been involved in theatre?
Since my junior year of high school. I was standing by the stage door, doing my marching band thing, and the drama teacher asked if I was auditioning. I bluntly asked, "For what?" and she told me about the show. I shrugged her off, then gave it another thought. Before I knew it, I was in a show with a four-line role. Ten days before opening night, she had to kick the lead out and asked me to do it. That was a lot of lines. I don't remember that week too well.
If you could play any role (other than something from Rent, of course), what would you pick?
The Emcee from Cabaret is my dream role! Who doesn't want to be a dark, hyper-sexualized, androgynous concept character with a funny accent?
What are your plans for after graduation?
This week, going to NYC and doing guerrilla theatre.
What do you want to say to the people who are considering voting for you?
"Be free, be whatever you are, do whatever you want to do, just so long as you don't hurt anybody." ...alright, it has nothing to do with voting for me. But I feel like people don't hear it enough.
Thanks for the interview, Gavin, and good luck with the contest.
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