Windsor Downs actor takes the stage in American Psycho

A fresh young actor has emerged from the Hawkesbury and is set to take stage with the cast of American Psycho: The Musical.

Windsor Down's Daniel Raso, 30, has been acting professionally for just over a decade now having received his first acting role in 2008 at the age of 19.

Hitting the stage: Windsor Downs actor, Daniel Raso, is performing with Hayes Theatre Company in American Psycho: The Musical. Picture: Geoff Jones

Hitting the stage: Windsor Downs actor, Daniel Raso, is performing with Hayes Theatre Company in American Psycho: The Musical. Picture: Geoff Jones

Daniel got into acting in quite an interesting way.

"When I was about 10 my sister was doing dance classes and I had a crush on one of the girls in my sister's dance class," Daniel laughed. "And it kind of started from there.

"Through the dance lessons I got into singing and acting and performing ... then I went to a performing arts high school - The McDonald College - and honed in on it [performing] and decided that's what I want to do."

He has already built up quite a resume of big shows, having previously worked on productions of Grease, Matilda and High School Musical.

At the beginning of the year Daniel finished up his time playing Frankie Valli in smash hit jukebox musical Jersey Boys.

"Jersey Boys was awesome. It was a bucket list show for me and top of the list of roles that I've always wanted to play," he said.

"Personally, my biggest achievement to date is being in that show and playing Frankie.

"It was an incredible feat for me and something that I am really proud of, and I'm really excited that I got to be a part of that whole experience."

Daniel plays a supporting role in American Psycho. He appears as David Van Patten and a "myriad of other little characters in the show", he said.

"There are only 11 of us, so most of us have to play multiple little roles.

"It has been a very interesting experience because [American Psycho] was originally a novel and then it was a movie and now they've made it into a musical.

"A lot of musicals come through that path these days ... but with this one it is different as the music is very modern and the story line is set in the nineties but still connects with the audience today."

Daniel mentioned that it is the first time that American Psycho has been staged in Australia.

"It's been a very creative experience. Usually you go into the rehearsal room and they've done it before ... whereas with this show our director and choreography ... have allowed us to create our own version of the show... and the characters."

This is Daniel's first time performing with Hayes Theatre Co. and he is excited to be a part of it. "I'm relishing the fact that I get to do a Hayes show ... and support up-and-coming works."

American Psycho: The Musical is showing now at the Hayes Theatre Co. until June 9, tickets available at hayestheatre.com.au

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