Who is this talented actor who can speak in any accent, sing like Elvis Presley, and has tons of useful tools under his belt ? Connor Ruther, a grade 12 student at Churchill Secondary School, has been in seven shows in his high school years and is currently working on his eighth. But he wasnâ€™t an actor as a child and certainly didnâ€™t know about his talent. As a young boy, he immersed himself in books and loved reading literature and books on philosophy. It wasnâ€™t until grade 9 that he considered acting in a play. â€œMy drama teacher encouraged me to audition for a one-act play because I have great projection.â€ With his teacherâ€™s guidance, Connor went to the auditions without much thought. There, he found some unexpected challenges. â€œThe directors gave us a poem about a caterpillar and asked us to put a melody to it and have a movement to it as well.â€ Although it caught him off guard, he aced his audition by giving the lyrics an Elvis Presley tune and putting in some creative movements. That was just the gateway to the world of acting.
As an actor, Connor finds it amusing many of the roles he plays fall under two categories: a smooth-talking sly character or a popular but proud man. Still, he never fails to find a renewed sense of joy in acting everyday. â€œActing brings different people together. Youâ€™ll find that actors are the nicest people. Itâ€™s a great way to meet people and make friends from different groups.â€ His advice for any young aspiring actor? Join any theatre, whether it be a school or a community group.
He admires actors Laurence Olivier, Sean Connery, and Patrick Stewart. His favourite quote?
â€œWe make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry.â€ â€“ William Butler Yeats