2015 Best Leading Actor in a Musical Nominee: Jared Troilo in Fiddlehead Theatre Company's "Disney's The Little Mermaid"

Before we announce our 2015 ArtsImpulse Award Winners, we are proud to present our 2015 ArtsImpulse Nominee Interview Series.

NOTE: If you were nominated for a 2015 ArtsImpulse Theatre Award, and you would like to participate in our Nominee Interview Series, please email us at brian@artsimpulse.com.

Jared Troilo impressed us with his fresh and charming portrayal of the iconic Prince Eric in Fiddlehead Theatre Company's Disney's The Little Mermaid at the historic Strand Theatre.  Whether he was sailing aboard his ship, serenading us on the shore, or teaching Ariel (and us) to dance, Jared delighted with an easy smile, a winning voice, and just the right mix of princely manners with relateable ease. 

In his Interview, Jared talks about his decision to return to the Boston theatre community, his most challenging roles, and his upcoming role at the SpeakEasy Stage Company in Boston!

Photo Credit: Ross Brown

Photo Credit: Ross Brown

Hi Jared!  Thank you so much for interviewing with me.  Can you please introduce yourself to our readers?

Hi, ArtsImpulse readers! I’m Jared, and I’m a Boston-based actor.

You’re a Boston boy.  What made you decide to stay in the Boston area after graduating from high school and college?

Well I actually moved to NYC after graduating from The Boston Conservatory, and lived there for about four years. I loved it there, but I found myself leaving frequently for various performance jobs in New England and especially in Boston. Over time, I fell in love with the Boston theater community and with the city itself, so my wife and I decided that we’d rather stay put here for now. We haven’t regretted the decision for a day!

Talk to us about your process for preparing to play an iconic role like Prince Eric.  How many times did you watch the Disney movie?  Did you watch any other versions of the Hans Christian Anderson story?

I watched the movie a lot when I was a kid (I’ve always been a huge Disney fan!), but I decided to stay away from it for this rehearsal process. I didn’t want to be overly influenced by it and come off as some sort of weird caricature of a prince.

I read pieces of the original Hans Christian Anderson story and studied up on my nautical terms, and then did my best to make this well-known prince as normal and human as I could.

Ariel (Jesse Lynn Harte) and Prince Eric (Jared Troilo) sing in Fiddlehead Theatre Company's  Disney's The Little Mermaid  (Photo Credit: Eric Antoniou/Fiddlehead Theatre Company).

Ariel (Jesse Lynn Harte) and Prince Eric (Jared Troilo) sing in Fiddlehead Theatre Company's Disney's The Little Mermaid (Photo Credit: Eric Antoniou/Fiddlehead Theatre Company).

Who is your favorite Disney princess, and why?

Since I was a kid, it’s ALWAYS been Princess Jasmine. I think she might’ve been my first crush!

If you could keep only your sight, your hearing, or your voice, which would you keep?

Wow! That’s like Sophie’s Choice. I would say voice but if I couldn’t hear what would be the point? Hmmm…I like to travel, so I’ll go with SIGHT!

What have been some of the most challenging roles that you have played?  Why?  What did you do to prepare?

I’d say Tony in West Side Story was pretty tough. It was definitely the most challenging role vocally I’ve ever done. Every song is iconic and is expected to be sung beautifully (which is a lot of pressure).

Also, Frank in Far From Heaven was a huge challenge. Dramatically, I had to go places that I had never been before, and try to make this abusive, closeted alcoholic into someone that people could at least somewhat relate to and understand. Plus, people tend to give you a hard time when you beat up Jen Ellis on stage.

What is one thing that you wish that audiences, including your friends and family, understood about theatre?

That it’s a 24-7 career. Even if we’re not working on a show at any given moment we’re always working on ourselves. Our bodies and our voices are our tools so we are always taking voice lessons, dance classes, acting classes, and working out in addition to networking, auditioning and performing. It’s a lot but it’s what we love to do, and we’re willing to make the commitment to do it as well as we can.

If you could trade places with one person for the day, who would it be?  What would you do?

Hmmm . . . Tom Brady. Because why not?

What are some of your interests and hobbies outside of the theatre?

I’m a big Boston sports fan! I’m also a big fan of fitness and traveling. I also love doing winter sports (skiing especially).

Do you have any upcoming projects?

I’ll be appearing next in SpeakEasy Stage Company’s production of Dogfight, playing Boland. We open in May 2016!


Do you have anything else to share with our ArtsImpulse readers?

Thank you so much for the nomination (and for reading all of this). I’m truly honored. Congratulations to all the Nominees!