Bryn Meyers is a bright and shining person and performer that we are lucky to have in Limelight. He brings energy, thoughtfulness, and compassion to each of the characters he plays and shares those same attributes with the people he works with. Bryn has also started to share his passion as a Student Assistant Director, where he is a fabulous mentor to our younger actors.
Here is what he has to say about his Limelight experience:
What year(s) did you participate in Limelight? If you are a current Limelighter, you can list your first year-present.
2014- now and forever
What was your first show?
My first show was Turning Thirteen, when I was a third grader!
What is your favorite show that you did or part that you played with Limelight?
The most fun roles I’ve had were definitely Annie in “Annie,” and LeFou in “Beauty and the Beast.” Playing Annie was an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience, and being the comic relief the year after was fantastic.
How were you involved (acting/writing/tech)?
Acting, and I hope to be writing very soon.
Did you participate in Limelight with a family member? What was that experience like?
My sister, Ailee! It was really fun to do my last few 8-13 shows with her, and even now, we love being involved in each others’ performances (especially when we can help with line memorization).
Most memorable Limelight experience?
I have a million wonderful, little moments with all my fellow limelighters, but being introduced to a million new people during Annie was so crucial to my theatre life. I appreciate and adore how much I was able to bond with people, and I always feel so loved because of it.
What is something you learned from Limelight?
Limelight taught me how to improve myself- not only in my performing abilities, but as a person. Being able to literally walk in someone else’s shoes is such an incredible feeling, and I definitely think it boosts empathy and understanding in all of us. We are constantly encouraged to show our true colors and accept each other at all times, while we have time on and off the stage to get to know each other. It’s really such a safe environment, and it’s certainly never dull.
What does Limelight mean to you?
Limelight means more to me than many things in my life. The connections I have built with people are unforgettable, and my growth in acting- and as a human being- were majorly impacted by my limelight experience. It’s still so surreal to think about little third grade me, when my mom asked me if being in a play would be something I’d like. I’m so glad I immediately accepted. Being onstage is like stepping into another universe, which is a feeling I will never grow tired of.
What are you doing now? How did Limelight help prepare you for that?
I’m currently in several musical groups, and I try to act whenever I have the chance. I’ve recently found myself writing my own music, poetry, and short stories, so I can’t wait for a playwriting opportunity to open up for me. Limelight taught me stage presence, which helps me in the real world when I meet new people, or have a school presentation. It also strengthened my musical abilities, and made me a more creative writer.
What is your advice for other theater artists?
My advice for any other artists is to hone in on anything you can when you act. Obviously, you can rarely relate to your character completely, but everyone should spend time building a backstory for a character, thus giving them life. It’s something that helps me whenever I step onto the stage, and finding ways to relate to a character is such an interesting experience.
Anything else you would like to share?
I have so much to say in so little room here, but I’d just like to encourage whomever is reading this to “find your thing.” This goes for anyone; life is just so much more fun if you have something special to you, like theatre, choir, and band are to me. I hope that everyone can do themselves a favor and find something that brings truckloads of joy to their lives.