Megan Macasaet: Hello! Let’s start with, what is your name, grade, and role? Could you give a brief description of your role, without giving too much away?
Navneet Chand: Hi! My name is Navneet Chand, I’m currently in Grade 12, and I star as the character Fred Graham in Kiss Me Kate. Fred Graham is an all-around superman that lives, breathes, and sleeps theatre. The title of the show, Kiss Me Kate, actually comes from one of his lines to his ex-wife, the female lead—Lilli Vanessi. Lilli plays Katherine in his up and coming musically-morphed production of The Taming of the Shrew in which he plays Katherine’s love interest, Petruchio.
MM: What do like about your role and what do you hope to bring to it?
NC: Fred Graham is a very multifaceted character, his range of emotions and passions drives me to be excited every rehearsal. I hope to present all those levels of Fred’s being to the audience by displaying that there is more to this writer, producer, director, actor, and superman than just a smug grin.
MM: How did you react to getting your role?
NC: I have been very honoured to get the role I auditioned for in both this year’s and last year’s show. I always try to work very hard for whatever I have my mind set on and this was an amazing result of that hard work. I actually was quite humbled when I got the role; it was what I worked for and I was aware of the level of commitment that it would take to do the role justice. All in all, I was very excited when I got the role—but in my own way.
MM: Well, we’re excited for you too! How long have you been doing theatre/drama?
NC: This is my third year being involved with an actual production. However, for as long as I can remember, I’ve always been involved with drama. I had an interest in the dramatic arts, but it truly didn’t formulate until my first year of high school.
MM: Can you describe the show in five words or less?
NC: A show within a show
MM: What is one thing you want everyone outside the cast to know about the cast/ production in general?
NC: We pushed our limits this year as a group to create something truly magical.
MM: What kind of audience would enjoy this show?
NC: An audience that has a love/hate relationship for Shakespeare and has no problem with seeing it at both extremes.
MM: Why do you think people should come watch the musical?
NC: To have a great time laughing and crying—at the same time