Like most Staples High School students, Colin Konstanty looked forward to senior year. Homecoming, Staples Players productions, the Candlelight Concert — all would be cap his Westport educational career.
Then “Trevor” came calling.
So instead of driving up North Avenue, Colin spends 6 days a week on Metro-North. He’s in the ensemble of the off-Broadway musical.
Though its not easy giving up so much of senior year, the talented actor is pursuing his passion.
And chasing his dream.
As a young child in England, Colin played sports. (His brother AJ is a tight end on the Cornell University football team.)
He kept playing after moving to Westport. But in 2nd grade at Greens Farms Elementary School, Colin also started piano lessons and singing. He joined School of Rock in Fairfield, and got hooked on performing.
He had a small part in Bedford Middle School’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Yet sports were still a major focus.
The summer before 8th grade, Colin’s parents encouraged him to do Bedford’s summer musical. The decision changed his life.
He joined an 8th grade acting class. He’s been performing — and honing his craft — ever since.
Colin loves “the energizing feeling of being on stage, in front of an audience.” He also enjoys the process of “putting up a play or musical, working together as a team with the cast and crew.”
As an actor, he appreciates the process of “finding a character, and doing my research and work to be as truthful and specific as I can.
“I love being in the moment, leaving myself alone, feeling as though I’m open, and connecting with another actor, the material, or even the audience on a level I maybe hadn’t before.”
He tried for professional work. In March 2020, just before COVID shut down theaters, he auditioned for “Trevor: The Musical.”
Last month — as the industry took steps to reopen — the creative team asked Colin to go straight to callbacks. The next day, he learned he was cast.
“Being a part of the reopening of theater in New York is pretty amazing,” he says. “But to be working on a show that covers such important issues faced by young teens — especially LGBTQ+ teenagers — makes it all the more special.”
Though Colin now attends Staples only on Mondays — he and fellow actors are tutored the rest of the days — his teachers and administrators have been very supportive. So are his friends.
“I’m doing what I love, professionally, with an amazing creative team,” Colin says. “And I’m working with a phenomenally talented cast that is mostly kids my age.”
Colin is learning what it takes to be part of a large-scale production — especially one that creates an “inclusive, encouraging, uplifting environment.” He’s also learned to be a team player, and flexible.
But an actor’s life is precarious. Colin hopes to continue in the industry — either onstage, or as a writer, director or producer.
Right now — like many Staples seniors — Colin is applying to college. He hopes to study acting, producing and the entertainment business there.
That’s all in the future, of course. Right now, Colin Konstanty is focused on one thing: making “Trevor” the best show possible.
Performances begin October 25, at Stage 42.
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