Actor comes home to Aurora for film screening, workshop
By Denise Linke For Sun-Times Media August 15, 2013 6:18PM
Victor Hawks and his mother Arlene stand next to a sign at the LA screening of Victor's first movie, "Construction." The film will also be screened in New York later this month; and in Aurora at the Paramount Theatre Oct. 4.
Updated: September 19, 2013 9:37AM
AURORA — Do you want to see yourself in a reality TV show? Come watch Thursday’s screening of “Pass the Light,” Aurora actor/screenwriter Victor Hawks’ new movie, at the Paramount Arts Center, and it could happen.
Filming for “About to Break,” a show about Hawks and several of his friends poised to become show business stars, will begin at the screening, said Victor’s mother, Arlene Hawks. The “About to Break” film crew also will shoot footage in and around Aurora as the show describes Hawks’ early days in theater at Marmion Military Academy, where he went to school in the mid-1990s, and how he watched his mother direct and perform in community theater and as East Aurora High School’s drama teacher.
“It’s going to be so much fun to watch this going on,” Arlene Hawks asserted. “We hope a lot of people come out for it.”
Hawks has been working steadily as a professional actor since 2001, when he joined the original cast of the Broadway show “Urinetown.” He also appeared in revivals of “Les Miserables” and “South Pacific” on Broadway.
Hawks’ film and TV credits include roles on “Law and Order” and “Ed,” as well as six independent films, four of which he produced and two of which he wrote.
Unlike “Construction,” Hawks’ first screenplay to hit the silver screen, “Pass the Light” is a family film that depicts the conflict between an idealistic young politician who challenges a corrupt, hate-spewing candidate for a U.S. House seat.
“It is a film about the power of acceptance and love, and shows how a community can grow together if they take the time to understand and love one another,” Arlene Hawks said in a press release.
Before the screening, Hawks and “Pass the Light” director Malcolm Goodwin will lead a free workshop for aspiring actors that will walk them through the audition processes for theater, television and movies.
“Since writing ‘Pass The Light,’ Victor has been inspired to give back whenever he can, and one way he can do this is to share his expertise and knowledge with the people and the town he grew up in” Arlene Hawks stated.
The workshop won’t be the first time Hawks has returned to share his professional experience with acting students, noted Marmion theater director Kristin Voris.
“When we did ‘South Pacific’ two years ago, Victor came back and talked with the cast about it because he had just finished playing in the revival on Broadway,” she recalled. “It was such a great thing for him to do for the kids because they could see the practicality of being an actor and see that people can make it in show business and still come back to their roots.”
Marmion Headmaster Anthony Tinerella said he hopes drama students at Marmion and sister school Rosary High School will attend Hawks’ workshop.
“We are so proud of that guy,” declared Tinerella, who taught Hawks’ biology when he attended Marmion. “I completely remember the musicals he was in here, especially ‘West Side Story.’ He’s been blessed with talent, but he worked amazingly hard to do something positive with it. It’s nice when success happens to the nice people.”
The workshop will run from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Paramount Theatre in downtown Aurora, followed by the film screening at 7 p.m. While admission is free, a $10 donation for adults and $5 donation for students is suggested. All proceeds will benefit the Paramount Arts Center endowment.
To sign up for the workshop or the screening, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.