Q&A: Jackson Dorris

Q: At what age did you become involved in acting?

A: I started doing acting when I was a freshman. I took beginning acting. I learned I really had a passion for it and that I really loved doing it. Then I auditioned for Rep my sophomore year and luckily got in. It just kind of blossomed from there.

Q: What is your favorite thing about acting?

A: The aspect of storytelling is really cool, and doing it with so many awesome people. It’s kind of cool having so many different characters that you can become and play. Bringing the audience on a journey through a story is pretty cool.

Q: What is your role in “First Date”?

A: I am the waiter.

Q: What is “First Date” about?

A: “First Date” is basically just about a first date — two people meeting each other and going through the crazy things that occur on a first date and the journey it takes them through.

Q: What’s your favorite musical number in “First Date”?

A: That’s a hard one — there are so many good ones. I like my solo, but “The Girl for You” is my all-time favorite one. You’re are just going to have to see it. The hype that comes from that number is so crazy. It’s just such a fun number to do.

Q: What shows have you been a part of over your acting career?

A: “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “The Audition,” “Legally Blonde,” “She Kills Monsters,” “Nowhere to Grow but Up” and “Game of Tiaras.”

Q: What is your favorite show that you’ve performed at Southwest so far?

A: It’s either “First Date” or “Legally Blonde.” “Legally Blonde” was such a huge show, and it was such a huge cast of amazing people. It was such a fun show with awesome music that had a really cool story to go along with it. I liked “First Date” because it was such a fun show — the music is stuff that you would hear on the radio. It’s just funny; there are so many comedic aspects of the show.