An Interview with Kat Rodriguez, playing Peaseblossom in Met by Moonlight

Kat Rodriguez Kat Rodriguez

Q: Where are you from?

I’m a native Californian currently attending school in San Antonio, Texas.

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

I heard about TMTC and the program from my dad and stepmom who live in Chicago. I decided to audition because I wanted to experience something different from the type of theatre I normally do. Although I love singing and dancing, I haven’t had much experience with musicals. This program seemed like the perfect opportunity for me to try something new.

Q: Have you had any experiences with Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream?

Yes! As an eighth-grader, I played Hermia in my middle school’s production.

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

First, I make sure that I’m very familiar with the story. I always read the play more than once. Then, I gather as much background information on my character as possible (name, age, birthplace, personal/family history, important life experiences), and whatever I cannot find within the text, I create myself. Having a strong set of given circumstances and backgroud details allows me to more easily determine objectives [what my character wants]. Without this step, I find myself reacting to things the way that Kat would react, which is usually different from the way my character would. Finally, I analyze every scene that I’m in and every piece of text I deliver and determine clear objectives and actions. The combination of these techniques allows me to connect to my character on all levels so that I can leave as much of myself behind as possible while I’m on stage, and really embody the character. 

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

I’m really looking forward to experiencing how a musical comes together from start to finish. There are so many moving parts — acting, singing and choreography — and, for the majority of the working process, we treat them as separate entities. I can’t wait to see what’s created when we put them all together!

Q: What do you hope audiences take away from this production?

This production raises a lot of important issues about love and the ways in which we’re negatively affected when we lose our heads over it.

Q: What song is currently your summer anthem

“Kozmic Blues” by Janis Joplin

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

Watermelon and popsicles.