The youngest actor in On Golden Pond, Turner Weinmeister is already garnering accolades for his performances. At the Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta this past January he was recognized as an All-Star for his role as James in James & the Giant Peach, Jr. and The Mountain Xpress gives his portrayal of Billy Ray a “nice job!”
PP: What has been different about your role in this play–compared to others you’ve been in?
Turner: In this production, what’s different than all my other shows, is there is a very small cast…which, in my perspective, is easier to work with. I also like the shift in mood. In all my other plays, I play light-hearted characters. In this play, I’m more bratty and mean.
PP: When you’re not acting, what else to you do?
Turner: Other than plays, I play a lot of soccer, run track for East Yancey Middle School, snowboard and surf, play piano and flute, hike, travel to exotic and popular landmarks, and make straight A’s.
PP: Rumor has it one of your favorite scenes is the one where you get to “cuss”…
Turner: I do enjoy the scene between me and Norman because it’s a lot of fun to see the relationship between an 80-year-old and a bratty 13-year-old. I know this is strange coming from a kid like me, but it’s strangely nice to cuss. I think it’s because it’s fun to let loose and be a little inappropriate at times and this role does that for me.
Turner (and the rest of the cast) have three performances this coming weekend, but only two the weekend after that. Make plans and get tickets in advance!