Below is an interview with juniors David and Joe Knox. The JagWire has edited the interview for content and brevity.
JagWire: When and why did you start participating in theatre?
Joe Knox: Well, I started in theatre in my freshman year, where I joined the Theatre I class, and I’ve been doing it ever since. I enjoy both the backstage and onstage stuff of performing, but I also like the technical aspects, Overall, it’s a lot of fun.
David Knox: We’ve both always sort of had an interest in it for a long time because our family has always been very into the arts. When Joe joined freshman year, I actually didn’t because my schedule didn’t allow for it, but I did participate in some of the productions as an understudy because you know, acting is fun. Joe’s a lot more into the technical aspects than I am—I’ve never teched a show, I’ve always been onstage.
JW: So David’s more of the performer, and Joe is more of a techy?
JK: I’d say I do a little bit more tech, but both of us are about equal when it comes to performing. Usually when I do tech, it’s run crew, so running things on and off the stage.
JW: Have you ever been in a play together?
JK: Yeah, several times. We were both in Chicago, Cinderella, A Midsummer Night’s Dream…
JW: What was your favorite role or show to do?
JK: Probably the businessman in Little Prince. That’s the closest I’ve gotten to a main role, and it was a lot of fun because he’s such a caricature. He’s a caricature of businessmen and how they’re always counting cash, and I got to do a cool voice for him.
DK: With One Song Productions, I did Failure: A Love Story, where I played the fun role of the Grandfather Clock. He was a very intense role. There wasn’t a lot of character written down, but there was so much you could do with the role. There’s one really intense scene with the clocks counting down, and it was a really enjoyable experience.
JW: In addition to being talented twins, many students can easily recognize you around the halls. How else have you been involved with CHS?
JK: Well we’ve been a member of several clubs including Writer’s and Math Club. Actually, me and two other people, Max Martine and Owen Welch, founded a club of our own called the Ramen club, so that was a cool thing we did.
DK: Last year, I was one of the higher-ranking officers—though not a founder—we did a lot of stuff with the club. We had a booth at Walk4Education and did innovative stuff with ramen, but this year we’ve had a couple meetings and then we’ve been too busy to really keep that up. Aside from that, we’ve been in several clubs. I’m in two of the a capella groups here. It’s mostly all arts wing stuff.
JK: Our main contribution to the school has been our presence in the arts wing.
JW: Do you intend on making a career out of theatre or ramen-cooking? If not, what are your aspirations?
JK: My main thing to have as a career would be going into computer science or engineering because I love computers and figuring out how they work. Theatre would be great. If I could get a job in theatre, that would be wonderful.
DK: That’s kind of funny because our dad used to do lighting, special effects and makeup—he’s got a license for that stuff. So that’s always been an interesting comparison to draw. I would say that music is a really big part of my life, and I’m hoping it will be a large part of my future.
JW: Any tips on how to tell you guys apart?
JK: Look at our shoes. It’s the easiest way. All you have to do is look down.
DK: Whoever is wearing combat boots—that’s Joe.
JK: I wear steel-toed boots. It’s very easy to tell.
DK: Just stomp on our feet, and whoever screams is David.
JK: For the most part, it takes getting used to. Eventually, you’ll find little mannerisms and differences. Also, I’m a little bit taller than him by a fraction of an inch.