Meet the Cast of CHESS – Najm Abaza is in the Ensemble

DSC_0009What is your role in the production? I am in the ensemble portraying multiple characters which includes an obnoxious reporter, an enthusiastic translator and an abrasive technician.

What is your background in theatre? At Walterdale? My background in theatre goes back to joining Musical Theatre, Drama and One Acts at Paul Kane High School where I performed shows like Fiddler on the Roof and Cut! This background led me to fall in love with the beauty of theatre, which brought me to Walterdale where Chess is my first show within the Walterdale community.

What brought you out for this show? What drew you to it?  I have a keen interest in political histories, most notably the cold war. The music in the show such as One Night in Bangkok and Anthem drew me into auditioning for Chess. 

Why do you think audiences should come see this show? What do you think they will take away from it? The audiences should come see the show because of the effort the whole cast makes in putting power in the show, as well as not letting the political status quo influence their view on the world.

Chess is also a Board Game… What’s your favorite Board Game? Why? Got any funny game-playing stories? My favourite board game is Monopoly because it is a good game for educating children on the concepts of a Free Market. My funniest game story would be when I would be landing on the “Go to Jail” square 4 consecutive times.

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