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Meet the actors: Their goals, dreams and favorite Halloween costumes Dennis Rooker releases the breadth of his emotion

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Posted: Saturday, September 4, 2010 12:00 am

Role: Emile DeBeque

Age: 32

Acting experience: I acted a little bit in high school. I was one of the brothers in Lodi Musical Theater’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” I was also action in the most recent production of “West Side Story.”

School: I’m in nursing school at Delta College.

Hometown: Stockton.

What should people know about “South Pacific?” “South Pacific” is probably one of the most popular, but one of the most drawn out and bloated musicals, ever. There’s a lot of stuff that takes away from the main story and Nicole has gone through and streamlined everything and made it fit together a little bit better.

If I could trade places with anyone, I would be: Chip Foose. I love classic cars, I love hot rods, and he builds them.

I love acting because: I get to let loose. I’m a pretty intense person. I feel things pretty intensely, and I can’t let that show often because it kind of intimidates people. When I’m on stage, I can let the full breadth of my emotion out, and it’s not weird.

When I grow up: My day job will be nursing. I want to take care of people.

What’s your favorite show? They come and go. “Les Mis” is always up there. I have relatively the same range John Bell John does, and not a lot of people do. My favorite show is “The Producers,” one of the most hillarious shows I’ve ever seen.

My parents always tell me: That I can do anything I want to. Specifically, my father always tells me to try out for bigger and better plays.

Biggest influence: My father. He was a firefighter for 32 years with Stockton Fire Department and has shown me the rewards of helping others.

Challenging part of this role: The French accent. I don’t know if I have it nailed down, but I’m working on it.

Best acting advice you’ve ever received: To not act. I had a director who told everybody, “I don’t want to see acting. acting is fake.” she said, “Don’t act, people will see through it, you have to believe that you are experiencing what you’re character is experiencing.”

Before you go on stage, DO NOT eat: Spicy food.

What was your best Halloween costume? I do Halloween big. One year, I made a Grim Reaper costumer in which I was 8 feet tall. I built some foot extensions and sewed a full length robe that went down to the floor so you couldn’t tell I was wearing feet extensions.

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