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Star Bar Spotlight: Dáreece Walker

February, 2013: Dáreece, who plays Aide Williams in Star Bar and Theatre 'd Art's co-production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,  is a relatively new to the stage. He's better known around town as a talented visual artist, creator of 'handmade paintings and drawings, writings, and designs that reflect the human experience'. He displays work in art galleries, gives artist talks, writes poetry and works on freelance commission projects. You can keep up with him at livinglifefearless.com.

How long have you been doing theatre?  Well the first time I remember being on stage was in 3rd grade reciting Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky.

What was your first role? My first ever role was during my freshmen year in high school. I played Laertes in the fencing scene in Hamlet, but it was only for that one scene; however we still had to memorize lines and perform on stage in front of the student body.

What was your most difficult role? This role in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest has been my most difficult role. It's a fun role but I suppose the hardest parts are the fight choreography; all in all I'm having a great time on set.

What was your most rewarding role? This role has to be my most rewarding, simply because we have such an interesting cast to feed off of, and having such great co-stars makes my role easier and the whole show more exciting.

Worst onstage mishap: My worst on stage mishap has to be when I forgot some lines in the Hamlet on stage. I do spoken word poetry as well and there are times when I'm performing and I forget the lines to my own work, that's when you know its bad haha

Most Terrifying Moment: The first few seconds performing on a new stage you haven't practiced on before. If I don't get time to work with a space before I perform in it, I become very fearful of my stage presence.

Funniest performance anecdote: The Chief in this play is supposed to be this tall huge guy with these emotional monologues, and I thought it was funny how John (who plays the Chief) is a Slam Poet and his stage name is "TooTall" haha

Theatrical High point: Working on this play. I've learned so much from the cast and crew and I feel so privileged to be working with them all. The best way to learn about theatre is to hang out with talented people who are dedicated to theatre just like this team we have on Cuckoo's Nest.

You as a performer in three words: Natural, focused, fun

What do you want the audience to know about the current show? It's ok to laugh and cry.

Tell us three things about you that have nothing to do with theatre:

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs has purchased a charcoal on cardboard work of art from me for their permanent collection.

I won RAW: Colorado Springs Artist of the Year in 2012.

Art is truly the only thing I see myself doing. Whether I make it big or not, Art will always be an integral part of my life.

What's your Actor's Nightmare? Being told I gave a horrible performance. I wouldn't try it if I thought I was horrible so if I was ever told that I was really bad it after I performed, that would be my worst Actor's Nightmare.