Acting for the last show

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Adam Gustas (12) plays James in “James and the Giant Peach.” This was Gustas’s last fall show in Lake Central Theatre Company.

Kate Nowicki

Adam Gustas (12) played James in the Lake Central Theatre Company’s production of “James and the Giant Peach” in his last high school fall show.

“‘James and the Giant Peach’ was my sixteenth show, so I’ve been here a long time,” Gustas said.

Gustas has been in theater since he played Tony in “Darcy’s Cinematic Life” in the sixth grade.

“The first relevant role I did was a show called ‘Darcy’s Cinematic Life.’ It was at Clark, and I played the bratty little brother,” Gustas said.

Gustas plans to continue acting in theater throughout college.

“Hopefully the colleges will take me, fingers crossed,” Gustas said.

Gustas has applied to Loyola University, Northwestern University, Indiana University, Ball State University, Columbia College Chicago, Evansville University, American Academy of Dramatic Arts and New York University, but his high school theater career hasn’t come to a close yet.

“[When I’m performing I feel] good, sometimes scared, and sometimes I get the giggles and I can’t get them out, but it’s a good time,” Gustas said.

Looking back on his years in theater, Gustas is sad to say goodbye to his theater experience.

“It’s so fun, and I love it so much. I love everybody. It’s wonderful,” Gustas said.