Connecticut, U.S.A. – Although he lives in New York City, 15-year-old Henry
Hodges is spending his time in Connecticut these days.
Hodges has the
important role of Jem in the Hartford Stage production of “To Kill a
Hodges said he’s
been acting since he was four. He’s got five Broadway shows, including the
famous Shakespearean play, “Macbeth,” to his credit.
“It’s everything I
know. It’s really my life. I love it,” he said.
Maryland, Hodges moved to New York to pursue acting, he said. He was on tour
with the production of “Beauty and the Beast,” so he’s very used to moving.
“We’ve cut down a
lot of belongings,” he said, “so we’re prepared to hop from city to city.”
While playing Jem,
Hodges is staying in Hartford.
by his mother, which is easier to balance with acting than a school schedule.
Hodges is a younger
child in the family. His older sister, Charlotte, is 21 and goes to college in
When he’s not on
stage, Hodges rides a unicycle, Ripstick, and does skin boarding for fun.
working with Hartford Stage.
“This is an
ultimate environment to be in as an actor,” he said. “I’m constantly learning
with the best.”
He enjoys acting in
“To Kill a Mockingbird,” he said, and doesn’t mind doing the production many
different,” said Hodges, who has to use a Southern accent in the show.
‘Sometimes a prop is not there, or someone forgets a line.’
Theater is a
tight-knit community, Hodges said. Before the show, he said, the cast stands in
a circle, holds hands and does a traditional “pulse,” passing a squeeze from one
hand to the next.
Although Hodges has
been acting for 11 years, he’s still learning new things.
“As an actor, you
are never done learning.”
Hodges advises kids
to participate in community theater productions and acting camps.
To aspiring young
actors, Hodges advised, “Keep on trying,” and “Never give up.”