For 25-year-old Willoughbrook resident Nikola Trotzuk, the journey to becoming a theater artist began a decade ago, when he decided to explore theater on the advice of his sister.
Later, he not only fell in love with the skill, but also used it to combat anxiety issues in high school.
It’s been 10 years since he graduated, but the passion for acting still lives in him.
When it comes to finding time for professional theater, Trotzuk leaves no stone unturned, even when working full-time as a test technician.
The young actor recently landed his dream role. Playing the iconic role of Frank Abegnale Jr., a convicted felon and famed writer, in Theater In The Country’s upcoming musical production, Catch Me If You Can.
“It’s practically a dream role for me,” he said.
Based on a true story from the late 1970s, there’s even a film about Abegnale’s life. Leonardo Di Caprio starred as Abagnale with Tom Hanks as his FBI nemesis Karl Hannratty in the 2002 film of the same name. Abegnale tricked people into thinking he was a pilot, doctor, and priest before he was 21. He also stole over a million dollars by passing bad checks.
Trotzuk plays the character of Abegnale, a 16-year-old who decides to run away from his problems by taking on identities that aren’t his own to scam people.
The local actor had to regularly watch clips from the film to prepare for the role.
“I watched the musical online once but the soundtrack… oh! countless times,” he added.
Trotzuk, who grew up in Aldergrove, said the community played a big role in shaping his career.
“If I had lived in a city, I would have been much more anxious. Langley has been quiet, peaceful and more open,” he explained.
The musical features a cast of 23 actors featuring multiple roles, with Trotzuk playing the lead role.
Shelley Boe, the costume designer shared that the piece, catch me if you Boxhas a lot of costumes as some actors play six to seven roles each.
Langley’s Theater In The Country will celebrate its 10th season with this jazz- and dance-filled musical.
“It was such an amazing race. It’s a dream role for me and I’m very excited to give it my all,” Trotzuk concluded.
catch me if you Boxa musical that premiered at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater in 2009, will then run for three weeks, June 2-19, at Langley’s Theater In The Country, located at 5708 Glover Rd.
For more information, people can visit, www.theatreinthecountry.com.
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