Smalls, senior, explores the stage and the page
Published: Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 11:04
Brandon Smalls ’12 is an interesting character all around. His passion for acting and writing is contagious. You may have seen his stellar performance in “In the Blood” last week, as he played the role of a fourteen-year-old boy with nearly as much energy as the actor himself.
This was not his first production at Davidson College. He played the role of Romeo in last semester’s Mainstage production of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” receiving a grand applause for his performance. He also played the Dormouse, Mouse, Forest and Red King in “Alice in Wonderland” in the fall of 2009 and Creon in “Antigone” in the spring of 2007, his senior year of high school.
In addition to his stellar work on the stage, Smalls has been writing novels since he was ten years old. His first novel, although it is something he shakes his head over today, gave him the foundation for the two fantasy novels he would later write. Smalls wrote the first at age twelve, “Mythopia,” and he is in the process of writing the other, “An Infidelitous Earth.”
“Both describe a world known as Mythopia that was once attached to Earth by a series of portals,” Smalls said. “At one time, creatures such as dwarves, elves and dragons moved freely between the two planets, but by the twentieth century most of the portals have receded, and humans are oblivious to the other world. It falls upon those still aware of Mythopia to keep those mythical beings on Earth a secret.”
The novels target a young adult audience. The passion and personal investment Smalls has allotted to these novels is evident through his vibrant attitude toward the topics. Just talking about them gives him a medium to show his excitement and enthusiasm.
Smalls spends his summers writing away to complete these books as well as playing soccer and video games with his friends. He is active and full of energy, and his personality shines through his work both on the stage and in the inventive novels he writes. He plans to continue writing novels for the rest of his life and hopes to pursue an acting career after graduation, as he knows that is what will make him most happy.