POE Cast Interview: Joe Francis

Meet Joe Francis! He’s a busy actor around town, having done multiple roles at Roanoke Children’s Theatre and Showtimers. We are thrilled that he has joined the cast of POE for his first show with MMTC. And he is doing some heavy-lifting in this show, with roles in both “Annabel Lee” and “The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether.”


MMT: Joe, how old are you?

Joe: 11

MMT: Where do you live?

Joe: I live in Roanoke city.

MMT: Where do you go to school?

Joe: I go to Woodrow Wilson Middle school.

MMT: What’s your favorite poem or story in the show?

Joe: “The Tell-Tale Heart,” because it’s creepy and I like how it’s written.

MMT: It is very creepy. What’s your favorite character to play in the show?

Joe: Monsieur Defour, in “The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Feather.”

MMT: That’s a fun character. When did you start performing or taking classes with MMT?

Joe: I started this year.

MMT: Well, welcome! We’re glad you’re here! Did you know anything about POE before starting this show? What have you learned about him?

Joe: I knew very little about him, I learned his writing is very creepy.

MMT: It is quite creepy. What’s your favorite word that you’ve learned from the show?

Joe: Tintinnabulation, which means a ringing or tinkling sound.

MMT: Wow, everyone loves that word. Thanks for talking with us Joe!

Three more performances this weekend: Friday at 7 PM and Saturday at 1 PM & 3 PM. All tickets are pay what you can. We hope to see you there!

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