Do you have a PJ Masks fan in your house? We do! Our little boy just loves these fun characters. This trio of heroes, Catboy, Owlette, and Gekko are always busy saving the day from Romeo, Night Ninja, and Luna Girl, those pesky and sneaky villains.
Recently we had the opportunity to interview Matthew Caccamo who plays Gekko in the PJ Maks Live! show touring across the country.
Matthew Caccamo (Gekko) could not be happier to be a part of this super awesome cast! His previous credits include Fiorello! (Off-Broadway and Berkshire Theater Group), Dora the Explorer Live!, Summer of ’42, Peter Pan (Smithtown PAC), Our Town, Gallathea, A Doctor in Spite of Himself (Rider U.), Pinocchio (Jean’s Playhouse). Matthew graduated from Rider University with a BFA in Musical Theater.
How did you become a part of this show? Did you ever imagine yourself to be where you are today?
I became part of PJ Masks Live! when I auditioned for the show in June. We had a day of auditions, a day of callbacks, and I got an email about a month later asking if I would be involved in the show. I certainly did not imagine being where I am today – touring around the country, seeing all the beautiful cities, and performing in some of the most gorgeous venues. It has truly been an exciting experience.
How do you prepare for your shows? Did you take some kind of classes to help you be able to perform the acrobatic portions of the show?
Before each show, the cast does a physical warm up to stretch and get our stamina up for the high-energy show we are about to perform. In addition, I do a vocal warm up on my own. I recently graduated from Rider University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre, and while there I took a variety of dance classes. I feel like these classes really helped me to keep up my flexibility, agility, and acrobatic skills needed for the show.
Do you relate to the character you portray?
I absolutely relate to Gekko. He’s a team player, a mediator, and an overall positive person. Though he may get distracted (as I sometimes do from time to time), he always has good intentions and wants to “do what’s right.” I completely resonate with Gekko because I, too, am a team player and want everyone to be heard in the decision-making process. I’d like to believe I have good intentions, and love to work together towards a common goal. This cast is a great example – we all work together to create a beautiful, positive show that audiences all over the U.S. and parts of Canada can enjoy!
What do you find the most rewarding?
Though the show is always a blast, the most rewarding aspect of this process is what happens right after the show. Once the curtain goes down, we hold a VIP Meet and Greet for the kids to meet the three PJ Masks for hugs, high fives and pictures. To see the look on these kids’ faces when they meet their heroes in real life is something truly special.
What advice would you give the kids watching your show?
The advice I would give to kids is to use your “super powers” (or what makes you unique) for good, to work together with people, and to have fun. Teamwork is always the best policy, and this show delivers that message in an exciting and relatable way for the kids. The process has been nothing short of wonderful!
Entertainment One (eOne) and Round Room Presents are proud to announce that ‘PJ Masks Live! Time to Be a Hero,’ a brand-new, fully immersive musical production, will take to the stage at Atlanta’s legendary Fox Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 5 p.m. The live show is based on eOne’s top-rated animated TV series, which airs daily on Disney Junior.
Catboy, Owlette, Gekko, and the Baddies will delight fans of all ages with live performances featuring world-class production, familiar and original music, acrobatics, and immersive interactivity. PJ Masks, the hit series, follows the thrilling nighttime adventures of three young friends who transform into their dynamic alter egos, Catboy, Owlette and Gekko, when they put on their pajamas at night and activate their animal amulets. Together, they embark on action-packed capers, solving mysteries and learning valuable lessons along the way.
Tickets start at $29.50 – $49.50, and $103 for VIP experience (plus applicable fees). They are on sale now and can be purchased FoxTheatre.org, by calling (855) 285-8499 or by visiting the Fox Theatre Ticket Office.
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Giveaway ends October 18, 2017.