BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Governor Livingston High School freshman Adam Cantor, 14, will be on the road starting Oct. 22 with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular 2013 Tour Starring The Rockettes as the character Patrick.
Cantor said the tour will start with rehearsals in Myrtle Beach, S.C. and, beginning on Nov. 7, travel to Atlanta, West Palm Beach and Tampa to perform in various theaters.
His character Patrick is a child living in New York City with his parents who are in financial trouble, Cantor said. Patrick receives a visit from Santa Claus, who comes to help him and in the end, Patrick decides to believe in Saint Nick.
Cantor said that many things play a part when it comes to connecting to a character.
“I try to think of what that character would be feeling and I always try to go back into my own life and think of an experience where I felt the same way,” Cantor said.
One of the many things that Cantor said makes him love acting is being able to tell a story in front of a whole audience.
“It’s exhilarating really,” he said.
He began acting as a toddler since both of his parents are actors as well. His first role was an angel in “The Magic Flute” by a company now called Light Opera of New Jersey.
Cantor has been performing ever since his first role including various theater productions, a Google Chromebook commercial, short films, a TV pilot and episodes of Celebrity Ghost Stories and Deadly Sins. He said he also participated in an Off-Broadway show called The Machine at the Park Avenue Armory and the Paper Mill Playhouse’s summer conservatory and New Voices concert.
It was at New Voices where Cantor first got a manager, he said.
While on the road, Cantor will be balancing schoolwork and acting which he says isn’t that easy.
But he said schoolwork comes first.
“It has to be,” Cantor said. “Not only is it definitely more important [but] you have to keep up with your studies in order for it to be legal for a child to act.”
Although Cantor will not be physically attending Gov. Livingston High School while on tour, he said he’d still be keeping up with all of his assigned homework and tests with the help of a program called First Class and an iPad, which each high school student will receive.
Cantor said that the company Madison Square Garden has assigned a tutor to travel with him.
“[The tutor will] talk directly with the school and act as the teacher for that subject,” Cantor said.
Cantor also plans to keep in touch with his friends when he’s not around with the help of technology.
“They just think it’s really cool that I’m actually going out and having a career before I leave school,” Cantor said.
He said his family is his biggest support system.
“They’ve always believed in me and I think they knew that this would happen one day,” Cantor said.
Cantor said that the advice he would give those who want to get into the acting business is to always be yourself and don’t be afraid to take risks.