Alex Lemonier started acting to have fun, but he impressed many theatergoers in a serious role in Southern Rep's production The History Boys. Lemonier, 16, won the 2009 Big Easy Entertainment Award for Best Performance by a Child Actor for his role in the coming-of-age play about students preparing for college entrance exams.
"Up until that point, I had played a lot of over-the-top cartoonish characters, but this was more challenging, a real person with real feelings," Lemonier says. "I wanted to step up my game and see what I was capable of."
Lemonier played David Posner, a character who represented playwright Alan Bennett as a young man. He is a sensitive and thoughtful student who is attracted to a handsome and self-assured classmate. Although playing Posner was at first overwhelming, Lemonier says he was determined to portray the character with depth.
The first Harry Potter movie inspired Lemonier and his brother to try acting. He has appeared in numerous area productions and counts The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) among his favorites.
Lemonier is homeschooled but will receive a diploma from Covington High School and will pursue an acting career. His next role is in John Biguenet's play Shotgun, which opens in May at Southern Rep. — Josie A. Scanlon