A 17-year-old Grade 12 W.R. Myers High School student, Rose has been involved with music and the arts since Grade 3, when his teacher suggested acting because Rose was so “dramatic.” Rose said his teacher told him he’d be really good at acting, so he decided to give it a try.
“I mean, what other activity can you do and just use your imagination and become a different person and do different things than you normally would. You do experiences, without the consequences,” said Rose, who has been involved with the W.R. Myers drama class since Grade 9 and has performed in “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Footloose” and in Grade 8 at D.A. Ferguson Middle School, Rose was in a production of “Oliver.”
Last month, Rose performed in a Taber Players production featured at Cornfest, which he performed in six years ago, as well.
As for future school productions in the works, Rose noted there is talk about W.R. Myers putting on a spring production.
“Not like a musical, just a straight-forward play that I’m hoping to audition for. We’ll just have to see when the time comes,” he added.
Rose has been playing guitar for the past eight years.
Before that he tried his hands at percussion for two years and lately the multi-talented musician has been trying the piano and ukulele, in which he is learning to play.
Mostly acoustic alternative is how Rose would describe his music, while Amos Lee or Jack Johnson is what Rose would say he models his music after, with probably a little bit of Mumford and Sons thrown in the mix.
“Talking about actual issues and stuff that actually has heart to it,” added Rose, is the type of song he is drawn to.
Rose said his mom told him he started writing songs at five years old and he picked up the guitar four years later and started to write his own material to go along with the music he created.
“It’s been ups and downs. It’s hard writing songs that are good. I think one of the songs that I wrote first was based on a book that I was reading and I looked at it later, it’s like ‘oh this is so cheesy’,” said Rose.
When Rose is finished high school he wants to pursue a career in psychology, as according to Rose, the mind has always fascinated him.
“But definitely along with that I want to be able to put out my own record. I’ve got quite a few songs written already that I really like. So within the next year or so I want to be able to come out with a record,” added Rose.
Out-of-town-wise, Rose performed in a Lethbridge Musical Theatre production of “Hairspray” last year.
He noted it was a lot of fun but he believes he wouldn’t want to perform full-time.
“ I think I would want to do it as an extracurricular kind of thing, just to go out and have fun, because I think as soon it becomes like you have to do it then you don’t really enjoy it as much,” said Rose.
“It’s a ‘get to’ instead of a ‘have to’ kind of mentality.”