Age 11. Role: Kurt, 11.
James’s twin brother, Daniel, is such a good pitcher that baseball coaches want him for travel teams.
“He throws pretty fast, but I can catch him,” says James, a catcher whenever he gets to play ball. “When I perform, sometimes I feel nervous. But when I’m wearing the mask, I feel way more comfortable. It’s like I’m wearing armor.”
The New Yorker plays drums, clarinet and violin and is learning ukulele. “I also write songs,” he says. “I started that when I was 7. I write rock, pop, and I write instrument parts for them.” Being in “The Sound of Music” is a young composer’s dream: “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s work is phenomenal,” he says.
The tour seems like it’s a blast. “You get to see America!” James says. “Everywhere I’ve been has been awesome, but here is my favorite place. The audiences in D.C. are way better than any other audiences. They’re so enthusiastic! They clap during the overture at the beginning of act 2. That doesn’t happen anywhere else. My first performance here, I kind of got a little teary-eyed. I was happy. I got this far. I am at the nation’s theater.”