Saturday, October 27, 2012
Pollyanna Opens Next Weekend
I had a moment to sit down and speak with Cynthia Hawkins-Whitaker about the production after their rehearsal this afternoon. (I must say I was pretty impressed by what I saw before the interview).
BAC: Why did you select Pollyanna to be your season opener?
WHITAKER: Pollyanna is the 5th production in our Children's Literary Series. In the past five years we've put on a variety of productions based on classic youth novels including, but not limited too, The Diary of Anne Frank, Little Princess, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
BAC: Can you tell us a little more about your Children's Literary Series?
WHITAKER: The goal is to introduce a modern audience to children's classics. The production was made popular by a very famous Disney movie from the 1960s but younger individuals are less familiar with it. We hope to encourage our audience to learn more about these classics through an approachable manner.
BAC: Do you think choosing literary classics influence your actors?
WHITAKER: Yes, I do. Many of the kids read the novel to get ready for auditions or to learn more about their specific characters.
BAC: What do you think the central message is in Pollyanna?
WHITAKER: I think it's a simple one. Always find the good in every situation. I think that's a message that everyone needs to hear, particularly now.
BAC: Why do you work with children in Theatre?
WHITAKER: I worked in Los Angles for the longest time as an equity actor. Then I decided to go back to school for education. I think mostly because I wanted to give back to all the teachers who influenced me.
BAC: What is one reason why people should come see this production?
WHITAKER: It is a great family show. Also it's an obscure piece in the fact that it features period costumes, sets, and props.
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