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Meet ‘Music Man’s’ Jack Bevans In Our Latest Artists In Conversation!

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Meet 'Music Man's' Jack Bevans In Our Latest Artists In Conversation!Jack Bevans is making audiences laugh nightly in Countryside’s production of The Music Man!

Who is this rising star? Let’s find out!

Who is Jack Bevans?

Hello, I’m Jack Bevans! I am 19 years old and have lived in Davenport my entire life (other than
attending Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa). I enjoy acting, drawing, singing, dancing, and
playing acoustic guitar. I graduated from Davenport Central High School in 2020, and was involved in theatre, show choir, dance team, baseball, National Honor Society, and more.

Can you pinpoint the moment you knew you wanted to be an actor?

While I was involved in theatre throughout all my years in high school (and had a lot of fun with some of my roles), it wasn’t until I joined Davenport Central High School’s Thespian Troupe that I fully realized what acting meant to me and how much I wanted to do it. I was fortunate enough to attend the Iowa State Thespian Festival where I competed in the monologue division and was awarded first place, Meet 'Music Man's' Jack Bevans In Our Latest Artists In Conversation!providing me with plenty of love and confidence towards my acting.

Who are some of your influences?

In my personal life, some of my largest mentors and influences have been Tommy Ratkiewicz-Stierwalt, Kyle DeFauw, and Peyton Reese (my director and fellow castmates of my most recent acting endeavor “The Music Man”). They are all incredibly talented, generous, and warm-hearted individuals, who have pushed me to not only be a better actor, but a better person as well. In the world of fame and fortune, I have always admired the acting work of Leonardo Meet 'Music Man's' Jack Bevans In Our Latest Artists In Conversation!DiCaprio, Chris Evans, and Matthew Broderick, and the directing work of Steven Spielberg,
Taika Waititi, and Quentin Tarantino.

Top 5 favorite movies and go!

This was a tough question for me, but I was able to narrow my top 5 movies down to (in no particular order):
● The Sixth Sense
● Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
● Goonies
● Catch Me If You Can
● Avengers Endgame

Meet 'Music Man's' Jack Bevans In Our Latest Artists In Conversation!Top 5 favorite plays/musicals and go!

Once again, a difficult question as there are so many great shows in the world but I have
decided on:
● I Love You Because
● Dogfight

● Wonderland
● Dear Evan Hansen
● Come From Away

Meet 'Music Man's' Jack Bevans In Our Latest Artists In Conversation!Top 5 favorite roles you’ve played!

Out of all the roles I have been fortunate to be cast in, these have to be my top 5 (and these are in a specific order):
● Marcellus Washburn (The Music Man)
● William Barfée (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee)
● Ram Sweeney (Heathers)
● Peter Pevensie (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)
● Stephano (The Tempest)

What are you working on right now?

I was just recently a background character in the feature film “Charcoal Skies”, which was shooting out of Cedar Rapids Iowa. Currently, I am Meet 'Music Man's' Jack Bevans In Our Latest Artists In Conversation!thrilled to be a part of Countryside Community Theatre’s production of “The Music Man” as Marcellus Washburn. I’ve greatly enjoyed expanding my acting horizons and getting to meet all sorts of new and talented people. It is amazing to be back to acting after the Covid-19 pandemic.

What’s next for you?

I am looking forward to Autumn, when I will once again participate in theatre and film opportunities at college. Additionally, I am always open to and excited for any outside acting experiences that I may encounter.

Meet 'Music Man's' Jack Bevans In Our Latest Artists In Conversation!Where are you attending school and what are you studying?

In August, I will be heading back to Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa for my Sophomore year. I am majoring in Elementary Education, and am involved with Ritterchor Choir, Knightvision Films, Wartburg Players, and FTK.

What advice do you have for those who have just graduated or about to enter their senior year?

Never give up on your dreams and always be open to new opportunities! You never know what may come your way in life, so take it in stride and keep a big smile on your face! Also, be kind to everyone you meet and look for ways to help others. As the great man Stan Lee once said,
“That person who helps others simply because it should or must be done, and because it is the right thing to do, is indeed without a doubt, a real superhero.”

You can catch Jack as Marcellus Washburn in The Music Man at Countryside Community Theatre! Check out CountrysideTheatre.com for details and tickets!

Meet 'Music Man's' Jack Bevans In Our Latest Artists In Conversation!

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