Sarah Spuz ‘17- Seussical Cast Q&A

Nick Sienkiewicz ‘17

Q: What is your character in the show?

A: Horton The Elephant

 

Q: What do you and your character have in common?

A: Horton is a very shy, but friendly giant. When I first started high school, I was much like him. Timid, reserved but kind. It’s strange putting myself into those old shoes again, but it made me realize how different the person I am now is from the person I was 3 years ago.

 

Q: Do you have any tricks to remember your lines?

A: The best trick to remember lines is the ability to say them very fast, in a very short amount of time, what we call a “speed through.” This show, is mostly singing, therefore, singing the songs over and over again is the best way to learn them.

 

Q: Why is this musical important to you?

A: Theatre has always been an important aspect of my life. Everyone has their niche, for some it’s basketball, or hockey, or art, or dance, but for me, it’s theatre. It’s a place where I can put aside the things in my life that cause me stress or ail me. Doing this show allows me to step away from all that and let’s me do what I love to do.

 

Q: How do you deal with you stress the week of the show?

A: My way of dealing with stress is turning it into something good. In our lives, we have two types of stress, “distress” and “eustress.” Distress is stress caused from unfavorable situations, while eustress is stress that comes from things that you enjoy, almost like excitement. Yes, the week of a show is stressful, but it’s a good stress! I love doing it and I know that everything will come together in the end. There is no need for worry.

 

Q: Do you ever get nervous performing on stage?

A: I don’t think anyone could say that they don’t get nervous on stage, we all do. However, my nervousness has dwindled over the years. Whatever is going to happen. I know my lines, my blocking, and my songs. That is all I can do. Whatever else happens is out of my control and I will make the best out of that situation when it comes.

 

Rebecca Hnatyk ’17

Q: What is your character in the show?

A: I play Mayzie.

 

Q: What do you and your character have in common?

A: My character and I have nothing in common.

 

Q: Do you have any tricks to remember your lines?

A: Luckily my lines rhyme, which made it easier to memorize them.

 

Q: Why is this musical important to you?

A: It’s my last show with RTC so it’s very special to me.

 

Q: How do you deal with your stress the week of the show?

A: During show week, I try to not think about everything I have to do and just do one thing at a time.

 

Q: Do you ever get nervous performing on stage?

A: I get nervous when I’m about to go on stage but once I’m on stage my nerves usually go away.

 

Christopher Garver ’17

Q: What is your character in the show?

A: I play the Grinch.

 

Q: What do you and your character have in common?

A: Hopefully not very much!

 

Q: Do you have any tricks to remember your lines?

A: I focus on the last line that was spoken to me, and try to figure out what my character would say in response, then associate that with the line. It feels more like a conversation than a script.

 

Q: Why is this musical important to you?

A: Seussical is my last show, not counting the children’s show in Theater 2. This is not only my last hurrah, but it’s also the first musical where I’ve had a real singing part.

 

Q: How do you deal with you stress the week of the show?

A: I just put my trust in Mrs. Knoblock. We’ve had problems in past shows, but by showtime we always manage to do better than expected. I just focus on doing all my parts right, and trusting everyone else to do the same.

 

Q: Do you ever get nervous performing on stage?

A: Not that much, but I get a bit anxious. But I think that’s okay, if I wasn’t worried, then I’d get sloppy. A little panic keeps me focused on doing everything right.

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