Catching Up with AHS Alumni

Catching Up with AHS Alumni
Posted on 10/11/2017
AHS Theatre Graduate Wins Best Supporting Actor

Best Supporting Actor – Houston Theatre 2017

We recently caught up with several Anna Theatre Graduates to find out what life had brought them since leaving the Anna High School Theatre Program. Our first interview was with Jeremy Gee who graduated from Anna High School in 2014. Jeremy is attending Sam

Houston State University and pursuing a degree in Musical Theatre. Since entering the program at Sam Houston Jeremy has seen great success both at the University Level as well as in the Professional Theatre Scene in Houston.
Jeremy in Mulan 2011 at Anna High School

 Jeremy in Mulan 2011 at Anna High School

The following are some of the questions that were posed to Jeremy during the interview:

  • What Extracurricular Activities were you involved in while attending Anna High School?

         Gee: “I was very heavily involved in athletics such as Football and Baseball. Baseball
         was my passion for many years. I was also very involved in Theatre.”

Pictured in the center is Jeremy as Mickey in Anna’s Production of Blood Brothers

Pictured in the center is Jeremy as Mickey in Anna's Production of
Blood Brothers 

  • At what point did you decide to pursue Theatre as a career?

    Gee: “While performing the character of Mickey in “Blood Brothers” my junior year at Anna, I felt an intense emotional connection with the audience. It bothered me to think that I might never experience that again in my lifetime. Playing Tevya my senior year in “Fiddler on the Roof”, pushed me towards a life changing decision….to major in Theatre.”

  • What was your first “paid” acting experience?

    Gee: “I was cast in a play entitled “Luna Gale” at Stages Repertory Theatre in which I played a Meth addicted young father”.

  • How important of a role does your work ethic and ability to work well with others play in being successful in Professional Theatre?

    Gee:  “You must be ready to work very hard at creating the world that the playwright has set before you. It takes a tremendous amount of effort and humility.  Also, you have to be the nicest person in the room. You are lucky enough to be included with professionals and you are there to learn.”

  • How diverse do your skills need to be in order to be successful in this industry?

    Gee: “At Sam Houston they pay special attention to each individual and help them to develop skills in singing, dancing and acting. We even have a class that develops aerial skills. It is called being a triple threat in theatre.”

  • What is your most profound experience to date in Theatre?

    Gee: “I was very fortunate to be a part of the production of Luna Gale. One of my professors from Sam Houston was also a part of this production. I was very humbled and honored when I found out that I received Best Supporting Actor in Houston Theatre.”

  •  How did your experience at Anna prepare you for the work you are doing today?

    Gee: The material that we performed at Anna was challenging.  The standards here are high.  Working hard here gave me a foundation for the work that I was to do on the University Level.

  • What is next for Jeremy Gee?

         Gee: “I will be graduating from Sam Houston in 2018. I plan
        to attend auditions for Graduate School to continue 
        learningtheater arts.  But I am open to staying 
In Houston and
        continuing work in Professional Theatre. This year I will be
        appearing in another professional production entitled
        “Sender” at the Rec Room.

Jeremy and his proud mom Kelli after a performance of Footloose

 Jeremy and his proud mom Kelli Gee(who works at AMS) after a performance of Footloose

We are so very proud that Jeremy Gee can be claimed as an Anna Graduate. Jeremy expanded his Musical Theatre Repertoire as the leading male in “Damn Yankees” at Sam Houston and by playing the Kevin Bacon Role in “Footloose” at Stages in Houston.  Not only did he receive Best Supporting Actor in Houston Theatre, but he is also over half way to becoming a member of the Actor’s Equity Association. This is quite an accomplishment for such a fine young man. 

By Preston Reynolds

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