Describe your experience working with your mentor and the team.
My experience with Robyne has been nothing but wonderful. Robyne treats her actors very respectfully and is open to letting the actors play and find their own ideas, which allows the actors to provide a more organic interpretation of the characters.
What special preparation have you undertaken to understand your character? Have you ever played someone like her?
In my high school production of Shrek, I played Young Fiona. For that role I remember having to channel back to my “seven year old self.” For this role, I have to channel back in time to my “13 year old self,” to present day, since throughout the play Violet has flashbacks from ages 13-18. To prepare for this role, I read the script multiple times, spent countless hours developing a backstory, and spent a lot of time analyzing the script to deepen my relationship and understanding of the character. In addition to this, I’ll admit that I went back and read my old diaries from when I was younger to see exactly what I was thinking about when I was her age. I find that playing with the lines in rehearsal and trying them with new intentions each time, making them different, helps me understand the character better and ultimately, gives me more to work with. I have also learned how to play draw poker—so that’s pretty cool. I’ll admit that I’m not very good, but by show time I should be a force to be reckoned with!
What about the show’s themes or story appeals to you, can you relate to – if anything?
I can definitely relate to Violet’s drive and stubbornness. Violet is an all or nothing kind of girl. When she sets her mind to something she’s going to get it and no one is going to stop her, much like myself;
How do you feel about working with this cast – its size, its blend of veterans and folks new to theatre, its blend of people with different experiences?
I have absolutely LOVED working with this cast. I enjoy the small size of the cast because I think when you have such a huge cast it is very difficult to develop an intimate bond, which in my opinion is vital to the success of the production. I have enjoyed learning off the actors in the cast, learning how they develop their characters and each of their unique processes. It’s nice to have a blend of people with different experiences because we are all able to learn so much from each other—it is a collaborative and supportive environment where we capitalize on each other’s strengths and work together to overcome challenges. In addition to this, it has been such a pleasure to work with people with such a strong work ethic and determination. I feel that everyone in this cast and production team wants this show to be as spectacular as possible, which makes the process “oh so enjoyable!” We work smart and we work quickly. Just how I like it.
This is your first time working with Front Porch Theatricals. Why did you decide to come out and audition for them, and how is that experience going so far?
Let me start by saying… THEY BRING US SNACKS. When they had snacks at the callbacks, I knew that this theater was the real deal. Hahaha!!! In all honesty, this theater is one big happy family. I had the privilege of seeing Front Porch’s previous productions of In the Heights, Light in the Piazza, and The Spitfire Grill, and was so impressed by the quality and professionalism. This experience has been nothing, but wonderful and I can only hope to have the opportunity to work with Front Porch again in the future! : )