A love of theater and a passion for acting keep Owen Zitek going and going and going this time of year. The sixth-grader at Falcon Creek Middle School is playing the role of Edward Cratchit, one of the Cratchit family children, in the DCPA Theater Company’s production of A Christmas Carol. Since Oct. 28, Zitek has traveled downtown six days a week for rehearsals, and since Nov. 24, he has performed ten times a week in the adaptation of the Charles Dickens Christmas classic.
“It’s really fun to be around all the actors and crew,” said Zitek, a theater veteran who is in his third year in the DCPA production and his second year in the role of Edward Cratchit. The 11-year-old admits the late nights can be challenging, especially when he has homework to do, but he says the sacrifice is well worth it. “It’s nice to be around other people who are passionate about acting.”
Zitek discovered his passion early in life. He’s been acting since he was six when he took an afterschool class at Trails West Elementary. He performed in several productions when he attended the Challenge School and plans to participate in as many as possible at Falcon Creek. He says other students are intrigued when they find out he’s a “professional actor.”
“The kids always ask me, ‘Do you get paid?’” Zitek said. (He does get paid, but his paychecks go straight to his parents and into his college fund.)
Zitek may study acting in college and definitely wants to pursue a career as an actor.
“He loves it. He’s so happy when he’s acting,” said Megan Zitek, Owen’s mother, who is an English teacher at Falcon Creek. “I am so proud of him, seeing how much he’s grown.”
You can see Zitek in A Christmas Carol at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts through Dec. 24. Ticket information is available at https://www.denvercenter.org/