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July 28, 2013

Life in the limelight

Local dancer shines on big-city stage

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Having begun his meteoric rise in dance, Jace took an interest in acting the next year. His sixth grade music teacher at Travis Elementary, Cody Jordan, noticed his talent and took it upon herself to help him take the next step.

 

"I'd always be dancing and she told me one day she was going to get me into Casa Manana," Jace said. "She wrote a recommendation letter and got me in."

 

While taking classes at the historic Fort Worth theater, one of Jace's instructors encouraged him to audition for Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" at DTC. He got an ensemble role in that musical and, once again, found a way to get noticed. The director of Joseph asked him to audition for "Fly" and the rest, as they say, is history.

 

On the set of "Fly," Jace works with a creative team that has quite the pedigree. Coreographer Andy Blankenbuehler has received a Tony award and multiple other award nominations. Director Jeffrey Seller is a three-time Tony award winner. But the awards don't faze Jace one bit.

 

"It's basically the same. You just have to do what they ask and try not to mess up," he explained. "I've learned a lot about the business. It's a lot of fun, though. If you're enjoying it, you don't really think about the difficulty."

 

The difficulty throughout this whole process has perhaps been mostly on the shoulders of Jace's parents: Chris and Christine Duncan. As Jace's activities have moved further east, it has only added to the number of miles the Duncans have to drive daily. Chris and Christine take turns driving their son when it fits into their work schedule, and a decent percentage of Jace's paycheck from DTC goes toward the gas bill. Sue Duncan said sometimes rehearsals last all day and don't end 'til midnight, in which case Jace has spent the night with another cast member.

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