Nicholas J. Caccavo
What was your graduation year & what was your major?
2004 / B.S. Environmental Science & 2010 / M.S Ed. - Secondary Ed.
How did you become involved in Chappell Players?
Freshman Year - 1st day of move in, I found out about a CPTG meeting, so I went to the theater. When I walked into the Little Theater, I was spotted by the president of the group who exclaimed, "you're a boy - do you want to be in the musical?" I was invited to be apart of the musical that had already started rehearsals....without having to audition!
How did you participate (acting, tech, etc.)?
I did everything. I acted, stage managed, did Lighting Design, built sets, directed a one act, Assistant Directed.
Did you serve on the executive board at all (if so, which positions)?
Yup - Historian & President. Also served on APO e-board as Secretary.
Which were your favorite Chappell Player shows?
HAIR the Musical and DAMN YANKEES, which was my first show with CPTG (and where I met Jill).
What’s your favorite Chappell Player memory?
Ugh...there are a few. One would be after one of the shows closed, we decided to hang out in the theatre for most of the rest of that night. Somehow this lead to making chalk outlines of ourselves on stage. The next day our advisor needed to do a walk-thru with higher-ups from the university and saw all these chalk outlines. She wasn't very pleased. There was also the time I got a black-eye....
How did you transition from college into the real world?
Hah! I'm not sure I have. I got an internship with a major NY theatre company....and then got hired full-time...and then worked hard to get promotions and become invaluable.
What are your greatest accomplishments post-graduation?
Becoming the Director of the CPTG - seriously, it is an accomplishment. Otherwise, becoming a General Manager at Roundabout Theatre Company.
Did your experience with Chappell Players prepare you for life after college? How so?
Sure did! I received a tremendous well rounded experience from St. John's. Additionally, CPTG demanded full commitment from its members (Designing, Producing, Directing, etc), I learned skills in being a good manager and how to be self-sufficient.
Do you have any advice for current Chappell Players?
Try to be as involved as possible - do as much as you can and work with as many people as possible. Remain positive and don't hesitate to do something outside of your comfort zone.