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Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, April 25, 2013 10:31 a.m. CDT

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BERWYN – Jacob Craig always had a bit of the actor in him. It started as a kid, when his best friend would come over to play in the pool during the summer.

“We would pretend to be wolves,” he said.

Today, Craig is still pretending to be someone — only it’s not in a pool but on stage.

A student at Morton College, Craig is performing in the stage comedy, “Spamalot,” until May 4 at the Jedlicka Performing Arts Center, 3801 S. Central Ave. in Cicero.

“I’m mainly just ensemble,” Craig said. “During the French knights scene, I come out and play a mime.”

Craig said he got his start as an actor by trying out for elementary school plays and landed his first role.

With accolades from one of his elementary school teachers, he was hooked. Since then, he has performed in three musicals, four comedies, a drama and a Chicago theater group play. “Spamalot” is his 10th performance onstage.

He said this is the road he has chosen for the future.

“My main goal is to get into something like Second City,” he said. “I just loved that sort of thing when I was young, and when I realized I could do this, I decided to go into acting. I’m trying my hardest to be a good performer. I’m working much harder than I did in high school.”

Craig, who also does a bit of script writing and is a member of the Broadway Club at Morton College, said his brother, Lucas, has been a major influence for him.

“Actually my brother was a big theater guy,” Craig said. “He got into acting like I did in high school. When I got into high school he helped me out. Some people say you don’t want to be known as someone’s brother. I like being known as Lucas’ brother.”

A confessed comic book nerd, Craig also hosts a comics radio show at Morton.

Once he earns his associate degree in fine arts, he wants to complete his studies at another college, such as Columbia College in Chicago or Webster University in St. Louis.

“I would probably go with comedy, because one thing I always loved was when people laugh at my jokes,” he said. “That’s an incredible thing to me. It brings a smile to my face every time.”

The Tony Award-winning musical of Monty Python’s “Spamalot” was written by Python alumnus Eric Idle, with music by John Du Prez and Eric Idle.

The play is directed by Dante J. Orfei with music direction by John Warren and choreography by Christopher Pazdernik.

Tickets are available at www.jpactheatre.com, or by calling 708-656-1800.

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