18 Under 18 Highlight: Charlie Hall

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In our Junior Achievement 18 Under 18 recipients series, we’re next highlighting Charlie Hall. Can you imagine being only 11 years old and already having written, produced and performed in multiple plays? Charlie Hall is sure to be a star, but not just because of his talent – because of who he is!

We are honored to recognize him. Read on the hear why he was selected as an inaugural Junior Achievement 18 Under 18!

Charlie Hall, Neely Traditional Academy, Gilbert 11 years old 

Although he’s only in the fifth grade, Charlie has found his life’s passion: the stage. Whether it’s acting on stage, writing a play or directing a production, he’s found the place that allows him to give back to his community.

Charlie uses his plays and theater performances as a medium for inclusion and community connectedness. When he writes a new play, he finds out who’s interested in participating – and finds a place for anyone who wants to join. He sees theater as a place where no one should be left out or feel alone.

“It feels really good,” he said. “I’ve been around a lot of high school kids – two of my sisters are in high school, so it’s OK. I think I was chosen because I like to see everyone happy. I don’t like to see people sad. I think I’m a good leader. I think I’ve accomplished a lot in 11 years.”

In those 11 years, Charlie has performed in eight community theater productions. He’s also written, directed and choreographed two plays. Locals might recognize him for his work as Tiny Tim in the annual production of A Christmas Carol at the Herberger Theater Center. You can catch Charlie in the role of Young Will in Big Fish at the Hale Center Theatre beginning May 17.

What do you want to be doing in 10 years? I imagine that I’ll be going to college at BYU. Then if I can, I’ll go to Julliard to learn more theater techniques, and then I can make a community theatre.

Who’s your biggest inspiration? Olivia Woodward Shaw. She’s 13 or 14. She’s done a lot of plays and musicals. She’s helped me a lot and has given me pep talks. Cory McCloskey (from Channel 10) – I’ve done a Christmas carol with him and it’s so cool how he can act and have a job where he can provide for his family. I’m also inspired by my granddad. He’s just very funny and he’s very chill. He trusts me and he thinks that anything is possible.

What’s the best advice you’ve received? Don’t let anything or anyone get in the way of your dreams. I have a lot of kids at school who think that acting is not for boys, but I’ve learned that it doesn’t matter what other people think. It just matters what you think of yourself.