Quite the character
Ascension Collegiate student auditioning for Juilliard in New York
When Liam Dawson enters a room, his enthusiastic and effervescent personality is noticed.
The 17-year-old Ascension Collegiate student has been called animated, which suits his future career plans perfectly. His ultimate dream is to work on Broadway.
That dream may be one step closer to becoming a reality as he prepares to audition for the prestigious Juilliard School of performing arts next month in New York.
Since Liam was four years old, he has had an interest in acting. But it has become more than a hobby. It has become a lifestyle.
“My cousins would dress me up as witches. I loved witches,” the curly haired thespian explained. “So they used to dress me up in costumes. But then those witches became people. I guess I never realized at the time they were actually characters.”
That is a recurring theme in Liam’s life — characters. It was learning about different characters and taking on new personas that led him to his adoration for acting.
It wasn’t until he attended a performance of The Nutcracker put off by Vanda Maunder Dance Studio at the age of five or six that he knew he was hooked.
“I had never seen the
Nut- cracker,” Liam explained. “I had never seen a live play. My mom and myself decided that we were going to go. I never moved a budge, and I just fell in love with it.”
The next year Liam signed on to play Fritz, the brother to lead character Clara. Over the next decade, he played Fritz, but recently graduated to playing the rat king.
Although you likely won’t see Liam demonstrating jazz hands in the production, he has taken it one step farther this year to challenge himself.
“This year I’m taking a little different route with the rat king. I’m going to be doing it on pointe shoes,” he elated.
Pointe shoes are traditionally worn by ballet dancers. He’s been taking classical dance for the past two years, and thought this would be the best year to showcase it.
Following his dreams
Liam has a big support system around him, including his parents Patrick and Cindy Dawson and his girlfriend Sarah Knight, who is also a performer. They all support his dream to attend Juilliard.
The school accepts 18 students for the drama and acting program each year, but that didn’t stop Liam from applying. He has, however, decided to consider two other programs as well.
Turn ‘I’M’ Page B4 Liam Dawson (left) performs “I can live with that” as a duet with Allie Burton. Liam has applied to Juilliard School of performing arts and will have an audition in January in New York.