Meet Benjamin Bratcher

Name: Benjamin Bratcher
Hometown: Hildesheim, Germany
Classification: Junior
Track: Acting

Describe a memorable event or image in an ACU play in which you have performed, directed, designed or crewed or one you've seen here.
42nd Street was an incredible experience. It was my first show here at ACU and top it off it was a tap show. Don't get me wrong I love tap, but it was new to me and most of the other cast members. Throughout the process of rehearsals we worked a lot on our tapping abilities and made sure we gave it our best even if we were exhausted. After we had mastered the dance, the next problem appeared: costumes. I remember I had a quick change right before "Dames" and I only barely made it every time, but it worked well, after we had a few dress rehearsals to practice. Seeing every element of the show come together, the dancing, the costumes, the singing, orchestra, tech, was so inspiring and definitely a memorable moment for me at ACU. 

How has faith impacted your journey as an artist?
I didn't connect faith and theatre for the longest time. Faith had its place in church and theatre was there to entertain people. Only in the past year or two have I started to realize how faith can change a show and have an impact on me as an artist. I know that God can use me to change people's lives by performing and telling a compelling story and that's incredible to me. Knowing this, motivates me to become an even better artist.

What advice do you have for a prospective theatre major?
1. Whatever you do, give 100%. I believe that you can only get as much out of an experience as you invest in it. People will be inspired by you if you always give it your best and never give up.

2. Be yourself and believe in yourself. You're here for a reason.
3. Try new things. Don't be afraid to do something just because you've never done it before: we learn best by doing.
4. Finally, immerse yourself in your art. Read as many plays as you can, listen to musicals, watch movies, go see plays, observe other actors, etc. This is something that I've been working on too and I think it makes you a much more well- rounded artist if you know what's going on out there and learn from it.

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