An Interview with Hayley Himmelman, playing Flute in Met by Moonlight

Hayley Himmelman Hayley Himmelman

Q: Where are you from?

Glencoe, IL.

Q: How did you hear about The Music Theatre Company? What made you audition for the Young Artists’ Program?

One of TMTC’s patrons told me about the Young Artists’ Program. I decided to audition because I heard really great things about the program and the excellent work that YAP has done in the past.

Q: What is your process of developing a character? How do you begin?

When I develop a character, I have a habit of bringing in my own characteristics and personality. I find what I can relate to within each character and then work to bring out those aspects in a real way.

Q: What do you hope to gain from YAP? What experiences are you most looking forward to?

I hope to gain a new group of friends within the ever-expanding theatre world. With every new connection I make, I feel as though I want to be involved in theatre even more. The cast of Met by Moonlight has truly been wonderful so far. I can’t wait for them to be my new theatre family as we share this brand new experience.

I’m also excited to have the opportunity to challenge myself theatrically by performing an adapted work of Shakespeare for the first time and challenging myself musically with the complex harmonies of the new score! 

Q: What do you want audiences to take away from the production?

What I hope audiences to take away from this production is that young artists are capable of so much. The writers have taken the world-renowned work of Shakespeare and adapted it beautifully, and we as a cast are creating new characters based on the well-known ones from the source text. It’s exciting!

I also hope the audience takes away the main idea of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and our new work – the immense, life-changing powers of love.

Q: What song is currently your summer anthem?

My summer anthem is “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke. I love dancing to it in the car! 

Q: What is your favorite food on a hot summer day?

An Iced Caramel Macchiato from Starbucks!

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