Jadon Williams Finds His Passion on the Stage
Updated: Oct 19, 2021
Jadon Williams has found his passion, having appeared on the HCT stage seven times in just the past two seasons. In his current role, he is cast as Peter Neilsen in the soon-to open production of Number the Stars. Jadon stated, "Community theatre has changed my life. It has given me the chance to do something I love with both my personal family and with those I now view as my theatre family. I look forward to every rehearsal."
Jadon speaks with great enthusiasm when asked about his current role in Number the Stars. Jadon said, "I love the suspense that this show brings. I also like how it communicates the value of family during difficult times. I am looking forward to presenting this emotion-filled story to our stage."
Jadon first appeared on the Kollock stage at HCT in Anne of Green Gables in Spring 2018 playing the handsome and faithful Gilbert Blythe. He returned in the Fall of 2018 as John Brooke in Little Women, followed by the role of Rick in HCT's 2018 Christmas production of FrUiTCaKes. In early 2019, he appeared in one of his favorite roles as Noah Claypole in Oliver! playing opposite the lovely LeslieAnn Khoury as Charlotte. Jadon spent the summer of 2019 working on set construction and rehearsals for Oklahoma!, in which he was part of the unforgettably vibrant ensemble. His latest role was as the Page in HCT's recent production of Gian Carlo Minotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors. Jadon also enjoys other areas of theatre, including building/painting sets and doing sound. We joke that he WAS "the sound of music" as he was the sound technician for HCT's recent production of The Sound of Music.
Pictured: Jadon Williams as Gilbert Blythe in Anne of Green Gables, with Katharine Ivey as Anne, as a cowboy in the ensemble of Oklahoma!, and as The Page in Amahl and the Night Visitors. | Photography by Daniel Purcell
Number the Stars is set during the German occupation of Denmark in World War II, when Danish freedom fighters of all ages risked everything in daring, hurried attempts to rescue the entire Jewish population. In this stirring play, young Annemarie and Kirstie Johansen face soldiers, interrogations, fierce dogs, personal danger, the loss of loved ones, and their own fears as they try to help a friend, Ellen Rosen, escape to Sweden and safety in a story of courage, faith, and ingenuity. Under Lindsey Brackett's direction, Jadon plays the role of Peter Neilson. Part of the Resistance movement, Peter was engaged to Lise Johansen, the oldest of the Johansen's three daughters, before she died. He visits the Johansen family occasionally, bringing them news and gifts. Annemarie thinks of him as her "almost-brother." Peter is the effective leader of the plan to help the Rosens and other Danish Jews escape to Sweden and safety. His stoic bravery makes him seem older than his twenty years.
Jadon is a high school student dual-enrolled in college. When not at HCT, he volunteers as a student leader and coach at his local AWANA Club, and enjoys ballroom dancing and playing ultimate frisbee. He lives in Toccoa with his parents and three siblings. His sister, Graceyn, is also appearing in Number the Stars as Ellen Rosen.
Tickets for Number the Stars are now on sale at the box office and online. Performances are February 6-8, 13-15 at 7:30 pm, and February 9 and 16 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $12 for children and full-time students. To purchase, please call the box office at (706) 839-1315 or order online at www.habershamcommunitytheater.com.