Artist of the Issue: Nate Stratton ’19
Nate Stratton ’19 has been aprominent part of theater at Hopkins. Having been in twelve plays and musicals as part of Hopkins Drama Associa tion (HDA),
Nate Stratton ’19 has been a prominent part of theater at Hopkins. Having been in twelve plays and musicals as part of Hopkins Drama Association (HDA), Stratton has been an involved part of the HDA community, and a familiar sight in Hopkins theater productions.
His involvement in theater started during eighth grade in the show Comedy Tonight. Since then, he has stuck with acting, explaining that his “drawing skills are laughable and dancing passable at best.”
Stratton’s favorite role was been playing Ram Sweeney in Heathers: The Musical (High School Edition). He recalled, “Sweeney and Kurt Kelly (Jamie Donovan ’19) are a match made in heaven.” The pair won an award for Best Performance by a Couple or Dynamic Duo or More in a Musical at the Connecticut HALO awards last year.
When he thought back to his experience in Heathers, he said, “My favorite moment has to be the song ‘You’re Welcome.’ It was the most fun I’ve ever had on stage and times like these are what inspire me to be the best performer I can be.”
Stratton has been involved in theater outside of Hopkins as well. He has had parts in various films made by Yale undergraduate students. In addition, he did auditions for film acting jobs in New York City after getting a talent manager in tenth grade, on top of keeping up with his normal schoolwork. However, he stopped doing auditions because “the whole experience was tiring and I wanted to spend more time with my theater pals here at Hopkins.”
Stratton thinks back fondly on the friendships he has formed and peers he has grown close to over the years through rehearsals and performances. He reflected, “My all-time favorite memories are definitely rooted in the friendships I’ve made while participating in Hopkins Theater. The community in Lovell is incredibly kind and supportive, and it’s been a gift to work so closely with all these talented high-schoolers who share a similar passion.” He continued, “It sounds cliché, but they are the ones that made the experience memorable for me beyond just one moment in any particular show.”
Stratton plans to continue acting in college. However, he also looks forward to “exploring additional creative exploits during my college years.” Still, he said, “acting of all kinds will always hold a special place in my heart. Who knows, maybe I’ll end up making a living off of it.” Stratton’s presence on stage and within the HDA community will be greatly missed next year.