When some teens have to present in front of a class of their peers, they break out in a nervous sweat and tremble so much that it’s painful to watch. But Fairmont junior A.J. Breslin isn’t one of those teens. Put him on a stage and he’s in his element. Whether it’s singing with Eleventh Hour or acting and singing in a play or musical, Breslin relishes the spotlight.
The Flyer asked him a few questions to learn more about the young man who gets it done on stage and in the classroom.
Q: How long have you been singing?
A: I’ve been singing since the third grade, and I’ve never stopped. Sophomore year, I made Eleventh Hour.
Q: Were you nervous when you auditioned for Eleventh Hour?
A: I’ve always enjoyed being on stage, whether it was for singing or acting. I was SUPER nervous about auditioning for Eleventh Hour, though.
Q: How do audiences react when Eleventh Hour performs?
A: I think people definitely enjoy the performances; I know I certainly do. It makes me feel good just getting out on the stage PERIOD. Even if no one was in the audience, it wouldn’t bother me too much because I’d still love to be on the stage.
Q: What do you like about Eleventh Hour?
A: I like how we always get off topic and get the giggles. We also do a lot of performances for our community leaders, and we show off just how talented Fairmont’s Music Department students are.
Q: How much does Eleventh Hour rehearse?
A: We have two three-hour rehearsals every week, and we have rehearsals at each other’s houses on the weekends sometimes, too.
Q: Do you have any other hobbies besides singing?
A: Yes. I’m interested in drama arts, and I student directed the winter play, A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream. Last year, I was Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden. I also student directed the children’s play, The Frog Princess. Both were a lot of fun, but I got really stressed getting into character for Secret Garden. The year before that, I was Tobias in Sweeney Todd. This was an equally difficult role to get into and it got pretty crazy.
Q: How do you direct a play?
A: Well, I make it a point to know as much as possible about the people I’m working with on a personal level. It makes it easier to direct people when I know what really makes them tick. It lets me relate my ideas to the person in a way that they will understand. I also swear a lot. I’m pretty stern with everybody and do everything I can to make a performance better even if my methods aren’t politically correct.
Q: Have you joined any clubs at Fairmont? If so, what was your favorite moment?
A: I joined Drama Club. My favorite moment was when we all played improvisation games and added really blatant innuendos to our skits.
Q: What’s your favorite class at Fairmont? Why?
A: Social Psychology. It’s my favorite class because I’ve always thought that psychology was dumb, and the class has made me think otherwise. I like learning about some of the crazier theories, like “penis envy” and “what-have you.” I think every person should have a basic knowledge of psychology and Mrs. Bergman’s class is perfect for that.
Q: What do you see in your future career-wise?
A: I want to be a screenwriter and work with a group as professional as Eleventh Hour. I think I will definitely get some attention from it.
Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
A: I sing!