Gomez has performed in many productions including recently in the role of Friedrich in "The Sound of Music" with Contra Costa Musical Theatre. He also was the understudy for the role of Oliver in its production.
Although Gomez never had to step in as "Oliver!" during the show's run, he still studied the character intensely.
"I get into character by taking at least five minutes before curtain to get myself into the mindset of Oliver by turning my thoughts into his. Being 13, the same age as Oliver, I always strive for freedom, and Oliver wants to have this, too," Gomez said.
Gomez said he knows, like Oliver, what it is like to follow someone who is a bad influence.
"I can relate to Oliver in a sense that I once met someone who was a bad influence for me and drove me to do unintelligent things," Gomez said.
"Oliver!" offers a blend of happiness, sadness, adventure and true life lessons in this Charles Dickens-inspired musical.
"This show is lots of fun for the entire family, and everyone around should see it," Gomez said.
The show runs July 20-Aug. 4 at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St. in Livermore, with performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and matinees at 2 p.m. Sundays. For more information and tickets, visit www.trivalleyrep.org or call 462-2121.