Brothers credit Oswego High drama for helping them get a start
By Joy Davis For Sun-Times Media August 30, 2013 10:06AM
Oswego natives Alexander (left) and Adrian (right), star in Double Trouble, opening August 31 at Porchlight Music Theatre. | Submitted
Updated: October 2, 2013 6:07AM
Adrian and Alexander Aguilar are no strangers to the stage. Adrian, 28, and Alexander, 25, have both been performing professionally since 2005. The Aguilar brothers, originally from Oswego, will be taking the stage together in the Porchlight Music Theatre production of “Double Trouble.”
Adrian and Alexander began performing together at Oswego High School, but continued after graduation at The Wagon Wheel Theatre and the Marriot Theatre.
“When I was a senior and Alexander was a sophomore, our high school was performing “Guys and Dolls.” Our mom pushed Alexander to be in the production with me because she thought it would be our last performance together. We went on to do four productions together the following year, and five the year after,” said Adrian.
The Aguilar brothers are both widely regarded in the Chicago theater community and Alexander recently performed in Lysistrata Jones on Broadway. Both Adrian and Alexander credit their upbringing in Oswego for their success and passion for theater.
“Oswego High School has a fantastic arts and music program. At least three or four of my classmates now work professionally in Chicago. Being around such a talented group of people at a young age inspired us to be better,” said Adrian.
The skills and work ethic that the Aguilar brothers learned at a young age has aided them in their professional careers. Matthew Crowle, the Director and Choreographer of “Double Trouble,” could not envision different leading actors.
“Working with them has been nothing but a joy the whole time. The sort of athleticism and precision that the show demands wouldn’t be possible without them,” said Crowle.
Demanding is exactly right. Set in 1940s Hollywood, Alexander and Adrian play brothers who have the opportunity to write a musical, only to discover they only have a few hours to write the entire show. Alexander and Adrian play more than 10 characters in this two-man production inspired by the golden era of musicals.
“We grew up watching Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire. We would teach ourselves famous choreography, and those classic musicals is what got us into performing,” said Alexander.
In true 1940s spirit, the Aguilar brothers prove themselves a triple threat as they act, sing and dance in “Double Trouble.” “Double Trouble” opened Aug. 31 and runs until Oct. 3 at Porchlight Music Theatre.