Megan Devencenzi has played the lead in several theater productions, but this time, she has a challenge. The 22-year-old actress is putting her responsible and femininity to the side as she plays a young boy in Lodi's performance of "Peter Pan and Wendy."
Q: How did you get the part of Peter in "Peter Pan and Wendy?"
A: (Director) Mike Bartram was my high school director and teacher. I had done a shows before and I auditioned. I wasn't even expecting to get Peter Pan.
Q: As a woman, is it hard to play a male character?
A: It is. Especially because he's a little boy and because he's not fully masculine. It's hard to act like a little boy without being too girly.
Q: Why did they choose a female over a male character for the part of Peter?
A: I think because I have experience. Hopefully it's because of my talent. Maybe they wanted someone maybe older. It's a really demanding role.
Q: How does it challenge you?
A: The boy thing, obviously. And you have to play such a carefree, youthful boy. (When you're in character,) you're (not) worrying about money and bills and (saying,) "I got to go to work before rehearsals." You have to let go and think back to when you were a kid.
Q: Where do you work?
A: I'm working at Red Lobster - an actor's life (laughs).
Q: What are your future goals? Do you want to continue acting?
A: I'm not really sure. I love it, but I wouldn't force it to be anything that it's not because that wouldn't be fun.
Q: What are some of your other interests?
A: I like to read - I'm kind of a dork. I just read "Wicked," and I'm totally in love with it. And my main interest is theater, it's been my main thing since high school. I have done at least one play or more each year. And dancing plays into the whole theater thing too.
Q: Is this your first time playing a lead character?
A: No, I played Abigail in "The Crucible" when I was in high school. I did "Dark of the Moon" while at Delta. I played Barbara Allen.
Q: If you could play any character, which one would you choose?
A: I think my favorite roles are chorus roles. You get to have all the fun and dance a lot. You have none of the major responsibility of a leading role so it's a lot of fun. I did cabaret. I would love to do cabaret again.
Q: What kinds of exciting things do you do on weekends?
A: Work. I try to make up for time I spend at rehearsal. I have to split my passion between something I can make money doing.
Otherwise, I'm a big homebody. I like to watch a movie or "Sex and the City."
Groovin' in the Grove
When: Today at 8 p.m., July 24, 25 and 26
Where: Jessie's Grove Winery, 1973 W. Turner Road
Q: What's your dream vacation?
A: To spend a month in Italy in a villa on the beach and tan and meet a whole bunch of cool people.
Q: What's your favorite food?
A: Cereal, a big bowl of cereal. Right now, I like Fruit loops. I eat it for breakfast and snack and then lunch and dinner.
Q: What's the best part of the play?
A: We have a really cool aspect, the ensemble. They play the fairies of Neverland. Anything magical or flying is all done my the ensemble. They're a really cool part of the story because they're the magic of the show.
Q: Is this a show for children or adults?
A: Since it's at a winery, we get a pretty good mix. It's a kid-friendly show absolutely meant for adults.