Alumni Update: Andrés Chinchilla
Andrés Chinchilla, a 19 year-old Monteverde native, participated in three shows with Far Corners when he was in high school: Once On This Island, In The Heights, and The 25th Annual Putnam Country Spelling Bee. He enjoys plays, musicals, and singing, and learned about FCCMT from friends who had participated in previous shows. He decided to audition in 2012 because he knew it was a fun way to spend the summer rather than doing nothing. That was how it all started, but it didn’t end there.
Andrés went off to college and continued to be involved in the arts. The University of Costa Rica (UCR), where he has been studying biology for two years, requires students to take general education courses, including an arts course. Andrés took Theater Workshop his first year of college and then applied to be an assistant for the same class. After taking the course for one semester, he has been helping other students learn what he knows about theater for one year. In that time, Andrés has put on original plays in and out of class (in a theater in San José, the capital of Costa Rica) with other students from the UCR. He even did an homage to a friend of his who passed away in 2013, by creating with classmates a play called ¡Así Está El Arroz! (That is How The Rice Is) incorporating many anecdotes and stories about social problems in Costa Rica as well as the story of his friend. About Far Corners, Andrés says that having participated in the shows gave him a huge advantage in college because FCCMT taught him the basics of acting. He intends to continue being involved with theater for years to come!