Our final interview with members of Agoura High’s cast of Godspell is with Adam Fisher, who plays the dual roles of John the Baptist and Judas.
VCOS: How long have you been interested in theater and what are some of your favorite shows you’ve been in so far?
ADAM: I’ve been doing theater since I was in elementary school but I didn’t really start to take it seriously till I got to high school. Some of my favorite roles have been Charlie Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Reverend Parris in The Crucible.
VCOS: You are the only person playing two characters in Godspell How do you distinguish between these two characters and how do you play them differently?
ADAM: For John the Baptist I tried to make him powerful and almost angelic with an almost underlining sense of anger or rage about him. He comes to wash these people of their sins because God has told him that the savior is coming. With Judas, I tried to play him as a man who is filled with hope that Jesus will strike down the corrupted leaders but is filled with confusion and anger when Jesus teaches lessons like peace and turning the other cheek.
VCOS: How is it working with Ryan and the rest of the cast?
ADAM: This is one of the best casts I have ever worked with. They are all very focused but also love to have fun and joke around. Working with Ryan has been amazing because the intensity and detail he puts into every word he says just raises the bar of every scene he is in.
VCOS: What’s been your hardest thing to handle in the show?
ADAM: A slightly hard part for me was to justify my betrayal of Judas and to make sure I didn’t think it was evil or wrong because as an actor you can’t judge your character. You can only try to understand the things that he does.
VCOS: The one scene where you betray Jesus is very dramatic. Is there a tendency to rush the action? How do you know what the right pacing is?
ADAM: Pace has sometimes been an issue with that scene. Sometimes it might go too long and sometimes it might be rushed a little bit. The way I try to maintain the pace is by staying in the moment because if you are present in the scene, the pace normally comes naturally.
VCOS: Is theater arts in your future? Where would you like to attend college and what would you major in if you don’t end up in theater?
ADAM: I am going to college for theater. Some colleges I’m looking at are Emerson, University of the Arts, and a lot of others. And if I didn’t major in theatre I’d probably be homeless because I can’t do a lot of other things.
Godspell concludes its run at Agoura High School’s Black Box Theatre Saturday night. For dates and showtimes, see the VC On Stage Calendar.