Jordi Bertran first saw the film “Singin’ in the Rain” when he was just 8 years old. Five years later, the young Del Mar actor is slated to appear in San Diego Musical Theatre’s stage production of the well-known musical May 22 through June 7 at the Spreckels Theatre in downtown San Diego.
“I watched the movie when I was little and I fell in love with it,” said 13-year-old Jordi, an eighth-grader at The Rhoades School in Encinitas. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to be in this production.”
A triple threat, Jordi has performed nearly his whole life. Beginning with gymnastics when he was just 2 years old, Jordi is a trained dancer, gymnast, martial artist and pianist.
Jordi started acting when he was in third grade. He played Boo Who in “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” at The Old Globe Theater. He has since performed in more than a dozen productions, including “Les Misérables,” “Lord of the Flies,” “Shrek the Musical” and “The Winter’s Tale.”
“I like being able to be someone you might not be able to be in real life,” Jordi said. “You can fight dragons through theater, you can save the world through theater — you can do anything through theater.”
Directed by Todd Nielsen, “Singin’ in the Rain” is set in 1920s Hollywood as the silent- screen era gives way to talkies. The screenplay is by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, with songs by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed. Jordi plays the lead character, Don, as a young boy.
“Every song is upbeat — even the sad songs,” Jordi said. “I just think that it’s a very uplifting musical. It has a little piece for everyone to take with them after the show.”
“Singin’ in the Rain” runs May 22 through June 7 at the Spreckels Theatre, located at 121 Broadway in downtown San Diego. Tickets cost $35 to $65. Discounts are available for children, students and seniors.
“The cast and crew are such amazing people,” Jordi said. “I think, with all of us working together, we’re going to put on an amazing production.”
For information or to purchase tickets, call 858-560-5740 or visit www.sdmt.org.