Today we’re kicking off our “Little Mermaid Spotlight Series” with a special piece on not one but two wonderful actresses; meet the two fantastic young ladies doubling as Flounder, Kendalyn Benedict and Kaylee Harding!
Kaylee is a newcomer to QAAW, though she already has some acting experience under her belt after playing a narrator in her school’s production of Aladdin. “This is my first show [with Quick As A Wink], says Kaylee, “but I’ve seen a lot of the other plays and they did a really good job, so I thought I wanted to be in one this year!”
Kendalyn is also quite a seasoned actress, having appeared previously as a mersister in a school production of The Little Mermaid and performing with Edalene Theatre. She has also already taken the QAAW stage twice before! “For my first [Quick As A Wink show], we did Cinderella, and I was a mouse and a bread dancer,” she says. “Then I found out they were doing Annie, which is one of my favorite musicals because I did it in the past, so I auditioned and I got Tessie, an orphan. And now I’m here doing The Little Mermaid!”
For Kendalyn, the thing that keeps her coming back to theatre is both the personal aspect and the chance to perform. “I like theatre because it gives you a chance to know more people from around your community or wherever you live,” she says. “I just love singing – it’s one of my best talents – and with theatre, you get to sing and dance. And I like to be onstage; I feel like I’m shining.”
Kaylee shares Kendalyn’s feelings on the subject, too. “You get to meet new people, but also I just love acting onstage,” she says. “It’s just really fun!”
While both girls have similar feelings regarding theatre, their other interests and hobbies are quite different. “I like to horseback ride, and sometimes I go swimming, and I take gymnastics,” says Kaylee. “And I like to do other stuff too, but … ahh, there’s just so many things!”
Kendalyn’s thoughts don’t stray too far from the arts even when she is offstage. “I like to play guitar,” she says. “I’ve been playing for four years. My favorite hobby is singing at open mics and just having fun with it with my friends.”
Both Kaylee and Kendalyn think audiences will really enjoy The Little Mermaid and that everyone should come see the show. “I think they’ll really like the chefs and stuff!” says Kaylee. “And Sebastian. And all the funny parts. And I think they should come because it’s a great show, and it was one of my favorite movies when I was little; I wanted to call my little sister ‘Mermaid’ when I was three!”
Kendalyn thinks audiences will be impressed by the amount of talent in the show and by how much everyone has grown and improved. “I think they should come watch it because there’s a lot of great talent at this theatre that they’ve shown, and it’s just been really fun!” she says. “I think they should come see what improvement people have made through this performance.”
Audiences are also sure to love the girls’ portrayal of Flounder; both Kaylee and Kendalyn are doing a great job, and have certainly enjoyed playing the role! “I like the heelies [we get to wear]!” says Kaylee. “But I also like just being onstage a lot and meeting the new people.”
“I like being on heelies as well,” agrees Kendalyn, “but I have to say one of the best parts of being Flounder is to be able to share it with Kaylee. She’s been a really good person to work with through all of it.”
Thank you for all your contributions to Quick As A Wink, Kendalyn and Kaylee! You have both been a joy to work with, and we love the life you bring to the character of Flounder!
The Little Mermaid opens June 3rd, so make sure you don’t miss your chance to see these two lovely ladies take the stage! Performances start at 7pm on June 3rd, 4th, 10th, and 11th, with matinee performances at 2pm on June 4th, 5th, and 11th! For more info or to purchase tickets, click here.
Stay tuned for more of our “Little Mermaid Spotlight Series” to learn more about the great cast and crew of the show! New “Spotlights” are posted every Tuesday and Saturday.
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