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MD Theatre Guide’s Rising Star: Henry Niepoetter

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From what I can tell, there are few young performers whose vast talent is identifiable at an early age. And even fewer of those know that they want to commit to the performing lifestyle once they learn the amount of “kid stuff” they have to give up. Luckily for the rest of us, 13-year old Henry sees all the hard work as fun. If you have not seen this gifted youth perform yet, you should, and in light of his age and talent there will be many, many years of viewing available.

1. When did you know you wanted to be an actor/singer?
I always liked performing, but it wasn’t until my experience in 2012, at age 11 in A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theatre that I began to take it seriously.
Henry Niepoetter as Itys in 'The Love of the Nightingale' - Constellation Theatre Company, 2014. Photo by Stan Barouh.
Henry Niepoetter as Itys in ‘The Love of the Nightingale’ – Constellation Theatre Company, 2014. Photo by Stan Barouh.

2. What was your first performance?
My first performance was in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in first grade at University Park Elementary School. 29 kids were each cast as a different color and I was the color “Blue.” When each color was mentioned in the song “Joseph’s Coat” the kid would jump up and shout their color. I was the last one – “Blue!!!!!!!”

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