Young actor to appear with Seattle Opera in Billy Budd

"For Jordan Rosin, acting is a family endeavor and a way of life.The 10-year-old Federal Way resident said it's through his family's support that he's acting in the Seattle Opera's latest production of Benjamin Britten's Billy Budd. Based on a Herman Melville novel, a young, likeable sailor is the hit of the British Navy. But a devious master-at-arms plots against the sailor ultimately ending in tragedy. Jordan plays a powder monkey, a boy who runs kegs of gun powder to and from the ship's cannons.Though his role is non speaking, he feels his part is just as important as any other. In the play, he's seen scrubbing decks and singing old sea songs among crew mates. A Seabury Middle School student, Jordan said he is also excited about the opportunity to act. I feel good and I like it a lot, he said. I think it's very inspiring and a good experience to be in the opera.During each production, Jordan has about 30 minutes worth of scene time. It's an experience he says he enjoys and and is no stranger to performing before large crowds.Last year he and his 7-year-old sister, Elisa won small roles in the Seattle Opera's production of Das Reingold. He jumped at the chance to perform again for the company this year.I thought it was a good experience and be nice to try again since I enjoyed the last one I was in, he said.Acting has kept Jordan busy this year. Before Billy Budd, Jordan was fresh from stepping out of his roles as a toy soldier and sugar plum fairy in T'was the Night Before Christmas, this Christmas at the Knutzen Family Theater. His other credits include, Oliver, The King and I, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.Jordan's family also values acting and supports his acting goals said his mother, Jackie Edwards. For every Billy Budd performance, Jackie runs Jordan up to Seattle and waits in the family van until he's finished. Though she's seen all of his rehearsals, ticket prices have kept the family from seeing more than one stage performance.We bring reading materials and spend a lot of time in the van, she said. But it's something we choose to do for him. Acting, Edwards said, is also educational and something that keeps Jordan and Elisa occupied and away from the TV. The family recently starred in Oliver for their church parish. We find it's something we can do as a family, she said. I think it's made us a lot closer as a family.For Jordan, who's acted since he was 5-years-old, acting is a staple in his life and something he says he wants to pursue.I think of it as a form of art and storytelling, he said. It enlightens people and informs them in some ways. It's a good form of communication and enjoyment. "

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