Josiah Jones has some advice for young people interested in the arts. “I would say just to go for it and don’t give up,” he says. “Like anything, you can do anything that you put your mind to.”
Jones, a senior at Pioneer HS, took his own advice about four years ago.
“Back when I took my first acting class in ninth grade, I don’t know what happened, but I just fell in love with acting ever since,” he says.
Jones affair with acting continues next month when he plays Balthasar in the Pioneer Theatre Guild’s upcoming production of the William Shakespeare classic “Romeo & Juliet,” Feb. 3-6. He’s very much looking forward to stepping out on the stage as a member of the Pioneer Theatre Guild.
“I would say the most challenging part of this production came during the beginning, just getting down the pronunciation and getting the words down and under control,” he says. “What makes PTG such a great experience is probably just the people. I’ve made a lot of friends through PTG.”
Jones’ other theatre credits include playing Gremkin in the PTG production of Peter and the Starcatcher.
Josiah, 18, is the son of Jenna Jones. He also enjoys writing books and skateboarding.
“My long-term goal is going to be following my dream as an actor,” he says. “I want to get my first big breakout role and do acting for films full time. I also would like to continue working as an author.”
Pioneer Theatre Guild is proud to present William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, Feb. 3-6 at Forsythe Middle School. Students have worked the past few months to rehearse the show, build and paint the set, create the costumes and props, and prepare the lighting and sound design for the play. AAPS COVID protocols prohibit PTG selling tickets to the public but we plan to present an online stream of the show at a date TBA. Check our instagram (@ptguild) or website (ptguild.org) for information regarding the stream. The current Ann Arbor Public Schools performing arts Covid protocols are two audience members per participant so we cannot sell tickets to the public.