Jake Epstein on Steve Agee's podcast

Jake Epstein and fellow Degrassi: TNG alumni Lauren Collins joined Michael Seater (18 To Life, Life With Derek) and Ellen Page for episode 44 of Steve Agee's podcast series. Download it here and listen to Jake reminiscence!

Finally we got confirmation that @Jake_Epstein is the real Jake on Twitter! Don't be fooled by any fakers! Follow @Jake_Epstein. And let him know how much we appreciate that he was half of the power couple that was Crash. smile
Posted on 29 Mar 2011 by Nicole
Unseen promotional stills from our powercouple's glory days!!!
In the new year TeenNick.com has been posting unseen promotional stills at their blog and in the episode image gallery. What a treat! Some of the differences are subtle but they are definitely never before seen pictures. Here are a few of my favorites:

Updated gallery albums include:
Season 1 individual promos
Season 1 group promos
Family Politics episode promos
The Mating Game episode promos
Season 2 individual promos
When Doves Cry episode promos
Shout episode promos
Holiday episode promos
Neutron Dance promos
Voices Carry promos
West End Girls promos

Posted on 09 Mar 2011 by Nicole
Epstein has been cast in another play & spotted in another YouTube video
Simcoe.com - Degrassi star added to TIFT cast

BARRIE - Talk is Free Theatre has announced the cast for its world premiere production of the musical Dani Girl, on stage Jan. 21 to 29 at the Barrie Community Health Centre.

The cast includes Jake Epstein (Degrassi: The Next Generation and the national tour of Spring Awakening) in the role of Rafe and other characters.

Joining Epstein is his sister Gabi Epstein (TIFT’s Napoleon: In Concert) in the lead role of Dani.

Other cast members include Jayme Armstrong (CBC’s How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria, and Stratford) as Dani’s mother, and Johnathan Logan (TIFT’s Dear World Workshop) as Dani’s friend Marty.

The show will be directed by Richard Ouzounian (Toronto Star theatre critic and director of TIFT’s Red Fightin’ Blue, Variations on a Nervous Breakdown, Emily, and Anyone Can Whistle: In Concert).

Dani Girl is the story of a nine-year-old girl who finds herself face to face with a life-threatening disease. The musical is simultaneously hilarious and heartbreaking.

For more information, read the source at Simcoe.com

Another Jake Epstein video was spotted on YouTube by Catitaaa. It's mock commercial for The Bank of Montreal done in promotion of Ross Petty's play Cinderella, The Sillylicious Family Musical (Jake had the role of Prince Charming last winter).

Uploaded by MrRosspetty
Posted on 02 Jan 2011 by Nicole
Jake Epstein Media!

uploaded by DegrassiFans.com
For screencaptures of the Etalk interview please visit this album here at the c-a.com gallery.

Non-traditional to say the least of Beauty and the Beast
Jake Epstein roars in new Ross Petty play at Elgin Theatre

By Stefania Bartucci
...The enchanted story is always enjoyable, with a leader like Epstein and a director like Petty, there is no room for disappointment but all the time for laughter and “savagely silly” performances.

Jake Epstein’s role in a second Ross Petty play has been a joy ride for him. “A lot of what happens backstage is brought with us in the performances,” he said. “There are no rules and the show is put together based on improvisation.”

His lead role as Prince Zack/Beast allowed him to be two different characters. “I love the first scene when my character, nerdy prince Zack, turns into the sexy rock star Beast,” he shares. “It’s a surprise to everyone and that’s my favourite part.”

The experience for the cast and crew is always unbelievable and Epstein shares his love for the plays. “Every Ross Petty play is a completely different process,” he said. “ It is a crazy free-for-all creation. There’s like a spirit behind the show and behind the scenes and everyone is a part of it.”

Of his co-star, Melissa O’Neil, Epstein praises her talents and skills. “Her voice is just amazing,” Epstein shares. “I had never met her before and it was particularly incredible to get to know her.”

The Ross Petty plays have been performed for over 15 years at the Elgin Theatre downtown. The pantomimes have worked out incredibly well for a very long time, and continue to be a hit throughout the holidays in Toronto. Children of all ages, their parents and other adults come together to “boo” the villains and laugh at the craziness they see on stage.

“Pantomime is unique because not only is it a different story from the original, you can make a joke out of it,” said Epstein. “What happens on stage is always special to that performance.”
Epstein said he feels privileged to be an actor, whether on television or on stage and the Beauty and the Beast musical, he said, was a blessing to be a part of. “I spent the last year doing Spring Awakening on the road, a great play, very serious and very meaningful and important and dramatic,” he recalls. “Coming back to my hometown and doing something light and fun - I love doing comedy - it has been a pleasure.”
Read more at the source at CorriereTandem.com.

Reviews of Ross Petty's Beauty and the Beast:
Eyeweekly.com - Beauty and the Beast: A Savagely Silly Family Musical
TheGlobeAndMail.com - Three Cheers (boos?) for a Beautifully Beastly Christmas Panto
TheStar.com - 'Beast" Music Is Fine; Script Far From Beauty
DigitalJournal.com - Beauty and the Beast Takes Stage In Toronto
NowToronto.com - Beauty and The Beast
NationalPost.com - Panto, In The Eye Of The Beholder
ShalomLife.com - Beauty and the Beast: The Savagely Silly Family Musical

Beauty and The Beast runs until January 2nd so if you are in the Toronto area be sure to check it out! For details visit RossPetty.com.
To see some promos of the show visit this album here at craig-ashley.com.

Epstein, an alumni of the National Theatre School, describes one of his favorite classes in this video Jake Epstein: National School of Clown Noses, uploaded by RevealingTalent.com. For more screen captures please visit this album in the c-a.com gallery.

Last, but certainly not least, let's give a nod to Degrassi for bringing us 30 years of teen angst! I have much respect for the series for tackling some of the serious issues that kids face as well as bringing us some memorable and lighthearted moments that seem to define all of our teen years. You were groundbreaking and no doubt an inspiration to many other shows that feature teenagers. But they will never be able to capture the magic that the power couple Craig and Ashley has. Thank you for creating the duo. 30 years from now they won't be forgotten.

Jake, now an alumni of the show, gives support by appearing in an Etalk segment and was also interviewed for the video homeage that aired during the 2010 Geminis. If you haven't watched them yet, they were uploaded by DegrassiFans.com to YouTube:
Etalk: 30 Years of Degrassi -- For screencaps, please visit this album here at the gallery.
2010 Geminis: A Tribute to Degrassi -- For screencaps, please visit this album here at the gallery.

Posted on 23 Dec 2010 by Nicole

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