Critics taking notice of Crestview High alumnus’ performances (PHOTOS)

Published: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 07:41 PM.

This accomplishment peeved his roommate, said Jesse's dad, Paul Hinton, First United Methodist Church’s contemporary worship director.

"Many of the students wait long periods of time to get a part in one of the plays but Jesse has had a major or lead role every semester and even a summer session," Paul Hinton said. 

"His roommate had a hard time with Jesse's progress because he would try out for the same stuff and get nothing. He finally started getting parts this past year, thank God."

Jesse's success doesn't surprise Annette Gebhardt, Crestview High's drama teacher and Thespian Society adviser, of which Jesse was president.

"Some of it is a natural gift, but some of it is something you can't teach," she said. "You either have it or you don't — and he has it. He not only has natural talent, but he works hard at it to continually improve himself."

In the director's chair

UCF faculty members also have noticed Jesse's talent. His performance in last semester’s "Good Boys and True” was nominated for the Irene Ryan Award for Acting, earning him a spot in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. There, he won Best Comedic Actor.

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