Q: Where are you from?
I live in Deerfield, IL, but I’m moving to Boston to attend Northeastern University at the end of the summer!
Q: How did you hear about The Music Theatre Company? What made you audition for the Young Artists’ Program?
I learned about the program when I saw Merrily We Roll Along at TMTC two years ago. I was in the YAP show that summer and I met some truly amazing people who are now some of my closest friends. I love the professional atmosphere of TMTC. I feel at home here.
Q: What is your process of developing a character? How do you begin?
I want the characters I play to seem like real people, and I believe the small details are what make a person complete. I like to write everything out—both what the script tells me about the character and other information I discover on my own. This ranges from basics, such as her likes and dislikes, to more minute details. Seeing all this information in front of me helps me make bolder character choices. I try to take risks in rehearsals because that’s the only way to figure out what feels right.
Q: What do you hope to gain from YAP? What experiences are you most looking forward to?
I want to gain a better sense of a professional rehearsal process, and I am most looking forward to seeing how audiences react to our show. This piece has never been performed before – I find this to be exciting and just a little bit terrifying. I have never been in an original musical before, and sometimes I stop and think: “Wow. I am about to sing a song that no one outside this cast and crew has ever heard before.” And this is very exciting to me.
Q: What do you want audiences to take away from the production?
I hope people have a better understanding of how applicable Shakespeare’s themes are to any context. The play revolves around love, which is possibly the most complex concept in the word and yet somehow the most widely understood. Though there is a modern twist, the story itself is virtually the same. I hope that the audience can connect to these characters and gain a deep understanding of how love affects those bewitched by it.
Q: What song is currently your summer anthem?
“Carry On” (Fun) and “We Are Golden” (MIKA).
Q: What is your favorite food on a hot summer day?
DQ chocolate dipped cones!