Norton Ave. native Nicholas Podany is only 15 years old, but his career in acting and music certainly seems to be taking off. In love with the stage since he was a child at St. James and Open Charter schools, Podany is currently playing a lead role in Hermetically Sealed a new play by Kathryn Graf at the Skylight Theater in Los Feliz.
Podany describes the show as a “psychological drama with an interesting twist” that he hopes will provide the audience with much to think about. He plays a teenage son, drawn to the sofa and video games, in a dysfunctional family who’s secrets begin to unravel them over the course of a day. The LA Times made the show a Critics Choice and called it “quietly haunting.” Hermetically Sealed runs Fri-Sat-Sun evenings from now through December 18th.
Besides doing the schoolwork required as a sophomore at Brentwood High School, Podany also finds the time to write and perform music. You can see him playing drums, guitar, keyboards, bass AND singing on his YouTube channel Across Coves. It’s worth a visit – not only to hear this nascent talent – but also to see his young face and clear voice change over the course of his five videos, and to see the family home and Windsor Square neighborhood featured as the backdrop in many of his productions.
Our bet is this local kid is going to go far.
About Julie Grist
Julie co-founded the Larchmont Buzz with fellow buzzer Mary Hawley in 2011 and served as Editor, Publisher and writer for the hive for many years until the sale of the Buzz in August 2015. She is still circling the hive as an occasional writer.