By Greg Hugh
Although only 17 years old, Andrew Moy has been performing in local theater since he was 8 years old. Moy is now starring in his 10th play at the Stages Theatre in Hopkins. “Shrek the Musical” is a rousing fairy tale adventure of an ogre-turned-unlikely-hero who galumphs onto the main stage. This Tony Award-winning musical is based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film. A wise-cracking donkey, a feisty princess, a short-tempered villain, a cookie with an attitude and dozens of fairy tale misfits stir up the kind of muddled mayhem that calls for a real hero. Fortunately, Shrek is on his way!
Not only is it unusual for a Chinese American youngster to be interested in acting on stage, Moy says he was al
ways interested in performing, and as far back as he can remember. He enjoyed and was always performing before a captive audience, his family. Although his parents, Steve and Linda Moy, did not push him to act, they did enroll him into the FAIR School, a public 9-12 grade fine arts school located in downtown Minneapolis that is rooted in innovation and creativity.
During his childhood, Moy was fascinated with magic and learned to perform magic tricks. He remarked that it was his dream to one day host a game show .He auditioned for his first role in his fourth grade play, but did not get a part. However, his teachers encouraged him to continue to audition and gain more confidence after he started to take voice lessons. In 2008, at only 8, Moy auditioned for “Christmas Carol” at the Guthrie Theatre and, needless to say, his parents and him were totally surprised that he was selected. He continued to be part of that production for five years, appearing annually.
Since his first public performance at the Guthrie Theatre in 2008, Moy has appeared in numerous productions around the Twin Cities, including “Bridge to Terabitha” at Lyric Arts in 2009; “Baseball Saved Us” at Mixed Blood with Stages Theatre Company and Mu Theatre, 2009; “Jesus Christ Super Star,” Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, 2011; “Seussical,: Stages Theatre Company, 2012; “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon,” Stages, 2012; “The Mystery of Mall of America Death,” Bryant Lake Bowl Theatre, 2013; “Starry River of the Sky,” Stages, 2014; “Rudolph the Red Noise Reindeer;” and in 2015, created Behind the Scene social media on YouTube for “The Little Mermaid,” Stages. When asked which his favorite role was, he replied in the negative since “each role was a learning experience” for him.
What does he enjoy the most, acting or singing? Moy answered, “Both, since it was up to the performer to project whatever message the writer wanted to convey so I am challenged to deliver either through words or song that message.” While he has performed in various venues that included several Fringe Festival appearances, Moy commented that the Stages Theatre Company provided him with a very supportive environment to hone his skills as a performer. As to any advice he would give an aspiring performer, he responded, “Just have fun and make sure you enjoy what you are doing.”
Moy’s appearance in the lead role of “Shrek” (runs through July 30) may be the last time you’ll see him perform for a while since he will be leaving the Twin Cities to attend Columbia College Chicago where he will be majoring in film and TV production. Perhaps his dream of becoming a game show host will come true.
“Shrek The Musical” is perfect for all ages. Tickets are on sale now! Visit www.stagestheatre.org for specific performance dates and times, or call the Box Office at (952) 979-1111.
Stages Theatre Company, located in the Hopkins Center for the Arts facility in Hopkins, Minnesota was founded in 1984 and since then has grown to become one of the largest professional theatres for young audiences in the country. They engage young artists with themes relevant to their lives and involve them in creating magical works featuring young people in meaningful roles. Through theatrical productions, workshops, conservatory classes and other outreach programs, Stages Theatre Company annually serves more than 145,000 young people and their families.