By Allie Reardon
Charlie Saylor is a seventeen year old going into his senior year at Meade County High School this fall. As well as being a long time member of the MCHS Choir, Charlie also takes part in the MCHS drama club’s productions. Charlie got his start performing in second grade, when his family joined the Brandenburg United Methodist Church. The church puts on a children’s musical each year and Charlie says that, “...when we joined I knew I had to do it.” Since then, Charlie has participated in many drama club and choir productions, his musical parts including: Eugene Felsnik in Grease, Admiral von Schreiber in Sound of Music, Pilot in the Little Mermaid and he was cast as Drake in the production of Annie the choir had originally planned for this spring. Even more than that are his drama production credits: Speed in Odd Couple, Joe Crowell and Si Crowell in Our Town, King Maximillian in Princess and the Pea, Charlie Lee and Dr. Von Sochocky in Radium Girls and the various roles he played in the Spring’s production of I Hate Shakespeare. Not only has he taken part in stage productions, Charlie has also taken part in both the Madrigals and Soundwaves audition choirs every year he has been able to so far, and was even a part of the All State Choir in 2017.
Q: Where did your love of music start?
A: My love of music started with the morning show VH1s Top 20 Music Video Countdown. I know it sounds silly, but watching that as a family was my favorite part of the week.
Q: What made you pick choir over band or enrichment in middle school?
A: I picked choir over band in middle school because I had already been involved in different singing groups in elementary school, and I loved it. I also had grown up really admiring the High School productions and wanted to be in them when I was older.
Q: What do you love most about being a part of the MCHS choir department?
A: I love being able to share my passion with so many of my friends. I also love that I have been given many opportunities to perform across the community and state.
Q: If you had control, what musical would you pick for the MCHS choir to put on next? And what role would you cast yourself in?
A: I know it isn't possible, but I would love if we were able to perform Dear Evan Hansen. Since the first time I heard Waving Through a Window, I knew I wanted to be that role one day.
Q: If you had to choose between never being in a play again or never being in a musical again, which would you pick?
A: That’s hard. I would never do a play again only because I love acting and singing so I would choose the option where I do both.
Q: If you had to reprise one of your roles, musicals or plays, which one would you pick?
A:For me that's an easy choice. I would do anything in my power to perform Radium Girls again. That is the proudest I have ever felt on stage.
Q: Do you plan on continuing your pursuit of music after high school?
A: I plan on pursuing a degree in Music after I graduate. The wisest man I know once told me that success isn't a title or an amount of money, it is being able to wake up and say I love what I'm doing. For me, performing is my greatest passion and I will never stop doing it.
Q: Is there anything you would like to see happen in the arts scene in Meade County?
A: I would love to see more collaborations between groups. When I applied for Tri-M one of my suggestions was to do a concert with the band and the choir. That has since become my favorite tradition. I want other groups to get to experience a similar collaboration.
Q: Who would you say is your biggest inspiration or role model?
A: My parents are my biggest inspirations. My father taught me that being myself was all I had to do to make him proud. My mother taught me that creativity isn't something to hide but something to parade. And they both teach me everyday to stand up for what I believe in and to never settle for anything less than what I am capable of. I am really grateful and honored to be able to call them my parents.
Q: Is there anyone in your life you would like to thank for their support in your artistic career?
A: I would like to thank all of my family and friends for supporting me, getting me stars, driving me around, believing in me, and for every standing ovation. I would also like to thank my directors and teachers that inspire me and work with me through my crazy schedule