It’s been a busy year for theatre! Tell us about the other productions you have done this year, and where you’re headed next.
This year I have been blessed with so many different and amazing opportunities. This entire year I have had the wonderful opportunity to be a paid princess for birthday parties and other events (I know, an actual dream come true) so although not on stage, I definitely consider that a performing related opportunity this year! I got to play one of my dream roles this year as Princess Fiona in CSOPA's Shrek the Musical. I got to tap, belt, and even burp. Following that I went right into rehearsals for Drowsy Chaperone where I played the glamorous Janet Van de Graaff at UBC. I'm currently ending my year with Fighting Chance Production's Spring Awakening where I play Thea. Next year I will be heading to Toronto to study at Randolph Academy of Performing Arts!
We have several Chilliwack School Of Performing Arts staff in this year’s cast. What’s your role at CSOPA?
I have grown from the ten year old with pig tails at CSOPA to an adult here now. It's so weird yet wonderful to be working with the people who once were teaching me. I have been at CSOPA for ten years now. Those ten years have consisted of nine musicals, five plays, teaching for three years, and recently I have been hired as the fundraiser organizer as well as summer camp coordinator. I'm pretty sure if you calculated it, more than half of my life since grade four has been spent at CSOPA.
One of your many diverse accomplishments is kickstarting ‘Beautiful, You.’ Tell us about that.
I've always been really passionate about helping improve people's self esteem and so I decided to do an event/challenge. "Beautiful, You" is a week long self esteem challenge where those involved go without makeup or hair products in an attempt to get comfortable in their own skin. Every day they have a new self esteem challenge whether it's writing down positive things in their life, marking down every time they have a negative thought so people come to the realization of how often negativity enters their head, or doing something nice for yourself and for someone else. The week ends with a sleepover with powerful speakers on topics such as the idea of perfect, media and how it affects our image, how to deal with different challenges and many others. There are self-esteem activities and many opportunities to open up and have a chance to discuss issues you may have with yourself or in your life. It's a wonderful, yet also challenging week and I'm so happy I was given the opportunity to put it on.