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The Woman & the Beast: Dalton Hempelmann

October 25, 2012
Owensville High School

The Woman & the Beast

Brittni Cebulak


     Who says theater isn’t manly? To Dalton Hempelmann, a junior at Owensville high school that has recently landed two leading roles in two different plays—The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged] (I Hate Shakespeare) and Beauty and the Beast— it is simply a way of life.

     Dalton Hempelmann acquired his passion for acting because of the work of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. According to him, “Dwayne Johnson is an inspiration to me because he started out as a wrestler and quit and went to acting; I found that really awesome.”

    In the upcoming school production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged] or simply I Hate Shakespeare, Hempelmann will be playing all of the female roles from William Shakespeare’s famous, yet often tragic, plays; he finds portraying a woman “fun.” Hempelmann was given this part based on the high caliber of his “feminine scream,” which he refuses to reveal to any “outsiders” until the production’s opening night.

      In addition,Daltonsays that he was “really happy” when he was casted for the play because “it is my first main character role.”  Moreover, Hempelmann and his two other cast members, Trevor Nicks and Carson Adams, attend practice for the play every Wednesday. However,Dalton, along with Trevor, is attempting to meet on more days for additional practice. The production is set to take place November 16th at 7:00 PM. 

     When asked about his hype for the upcoming play, Hempelmann claims, “I was really excited at first, but then we were forced to take many parts out to make room for the Improv Show.” Still, despite this, he adds, “I can tell you that it is a very hilarious play, and it is really hard for us as actors to not laugh when performing . . .  but it is possible.”

      In regards to the wardrobe, Hempelmann avers that, “It’s going to be a lot of fast costume changes; our costumes are going to have to be held out and ready for us to jump in. It’s going to be hard.”

     In addition to the farcical Shakespeare production, Dalton Hempelmann will also take on a leading role in the spring production of Beauty and the Beast, playing the Beast himself.

    For his audition, he sang “If I Can’t Love Her,” a song directly from the Beauty and the Beast Broadway musical, as well “At Last,” a piece that he had previously sung with choir.

    “Whenever I found out that I would be playing the Beast, I was overjoyed,” Hempelmann said. “Ever since freshman year when I heard that we might be doing this play, I’ve wanted to be the Beast.”

    However, even though he is excited about the production, he is “worried about how I am going to memorize my lines because memorizing lots of lines can be hard.” Moreover, the prospect of designing the scenery is almost overwhelming. “The set is going to be very difficult to get every single room in the castle, and the village, and the tavern, and the cottage . . . phew . . .”

    Still, despite all of the hard work and dedication that will have to go into this play, Hempelmann is certain that the opening night is “going to be magical and enchanting.”

     Dalton Hempelmann hopes to either pursue a career as an actor or video game designer after graduating from high school because he believes that either occupation would be “fun.” Furthermore, he will always stand as an icon that proves that theater is not just for the feminine; the male gender is more than capable of finding success in this field. 

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