Yes, George Schulze is of the famed Schulze familia; if you’re wondering why he looks familiar, you may attribute that resemblance to sisters Georgia and Lexi.
In between rehearsals for “The Horse and His Boy,” a much-awaited production from Trumpets adapted by Luna Griño-Inocian from the C.S. Lewis novel and directed by Jaime del Mundo that will open this November, Schulze, a theater actor who has starred in a number of musicals, makes the surprising confession that he was actually tone deaf as a child.
“I was the furthest thing in the world from musically inclined,” he says.
Tell us how you prepare for a role.
To each his own. Everybody has their method, whether it’s following your creative instincts or methodically acting the script until you’re clear about all the subtext of your lines. Sometimes people take it as far as creating full back stories for their characters; you’d be surprised at how much color that can give the stage.
Any creative gods you want to emulate?
Hugh Jackman. The man can do it all.
Among the roles you’ve played, which ones do you love—or despise?
I’ve loved them all in their own way. Standouts are playing Jesus in “Jesus Christ Superstar” and Rapunzel’s Prince in “Into the Woods.” Those are shows I loved, and they happened to be my dream roles, too.
What’s your take on the current landscape of Philippine theater?
The industry is booming. There are several theater companies producing quality shows. The only thing that needs change is the Philippines’ own perception of the talent it actually has. See a local production instead of the ones brought here by international companies! If you weren’t able to see “Rak of Aegis” by Peta, you missed out on a Philippine gem.