Zander King, 16, was born and raised in Bellingham. In fact, his family has lived in three houses on the same block, and he says he doesn’t plan on raising his kids any place else. He attends Explorations Academy.
Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth stages “Little Shop of Horrors” Friday, May 8, through May 31, with two casts, except for Seymour, which is played in both casts by King.
In my first play at BAAY I had one line, and no matter how much I rack my brain I can’t seem to remember it. Since then I’ve just been honing my skills and trying not only to do my best but also to make friends along the way.
I massively enjoyed my role as Cinderella’s Prince in “Into the Woods” because the small cast grew extremely tight; I still have a blast doing renditions of the song “Agony” with my “princely counterpart” who played Rapunzel’s Prince.
My second favorite show is “Pippin.” The whole thing is a surreal piece on the subject of fulfillment. That cast also shared many of the people with whom I became friends during “Into the Woods.”
Last, but not least, was “The Music Man,” which was a wonderful burden to bear as I played the role of Harold Hill and we had guest directors from Chicago who built it into a fabulous event. It was one of the only shows where I got virtually no offstage time, but it was worth it.
Although it’s not my first leading role at BAAY, it will most certainly be my last. After this play ends I’m set to graduate.