Spotlight on ... Our Drama Campers! (Part One)

Our  A Dragon in the Mix  fairies, left to right: Innuendo (Anna), Rumor ( Zoey), Gossip (Isabel), and Hearsay (Ella).  Photo credit: Ally Loiselle

Our A Dragon in the Mix fairies, left to right: Innuendo (Anna), Rumor ( Zoey), Gossip (Isabel), and Hearsay (Ella).

Photo credit: Ally Loiselle

Our QAAW Drama Camp production of A Dragon in the Mix has several memorable characters played by an extremely talented cast of young actors. Meet some of our talented campers!

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The Fairies:

In A Dragon in the Mix, several cute and silly fairies cause mischief as they cook up a fairy tale. These fairies are named Rumor (played by Zoey), Gossip (played by Isabel), Hearsay (played by Ella), and Innuendo (played by Anna).

Left to right: Princes Reginald (Tyler), Leopold (Colin), and Arthur (Kevin).  Photo credit: Ally Loiselle

Left to right: Princes Reginald (Tyler), Leopold (Colin), and Arthur (Kevin).

Photo credit: Ally Loiselle

When it comes to playing a fairy, our young actors enjoy different aspects of the part. “[I like] that I have a wand and get to do what I want with it,” says Zoey. “My favorite part of being a fairy is that I love how graceful fairies are; they’re tiny and cute,” says Anna. “I like having the wings and having a wand; I just like everything about being a fairy” says Isabel. Ella was creating a prop wand during this interview and opted not to speak, but listened in and nodded in agreement with her fellow fairies.

Despite different enjoying different things about playing fairies, all these actresses are most looking forward to performing the same scene. “The first scene!” says Anna. “Yeah, the first scene,” says Isabel. She continues, saying “That’s the one we’re mainly in.” “I like it because we kind of start it,” Zoey adds, “I like that I’m the first one to talk!”

Our fairies have been enjoying rehearsing playing games at camp. “I like [playing] Wax Museum a lot,” says Isabel. “Yeah, that one is fun!” says Anna.

The Dragon (played by Simone) is highly misunderstood in  A Dragon in the Mix!   Photo credit: Ally Loiselle

The Dragon (played by Simone) is highly misunderstood in A Dragon in the Mix!

Photo credit: Ally Loiselle

When asked if there were any people they would like to offer a shout out or appreciation to, each camper had a different answer. “My mom, and my dad, and my dog, and Steve [Roe],” says Isabel. “One of my best friends, who I actually met at camp a couple years ago,” says Anna. “My teacher!” says Ella. “My mom and dad,” says Zoey.

The Princes:

Prince Arthur (played by Kevin), Reginald (played by Tyler), and Leopold (played by Colin) are somewhat different from the gallant knights you may find in other fairy tale stories!

Our princely actors have been enjoying their roles thus far. “We do a lot of silly stuff, so that’s kind of fun,” says Kevin. “I like that we [the princes] are always fighting in our scene,” says Tyler. “I like that I’m the craziest one, probably,” says Colin.

When the princes were asked what their favorite thing to do at camp is, Tyler quickly responds, “Rehearse!” Kevin says, “Yeah, rehearse! That’s what we came here to do.” “Probably play[ing] games,” adds Colin.

Scene Three is the part of the play that each of these actors is most looking forward to sharing with an audience. “We all just goof off and yell at each other,” says Kevin. “That’s what I was going to say,” agrees Tyler. “You can see our most definitive character traits, and I really like that,” continues Kevin. Colin nods.

Each of our princes also has a special person to offer a thank you and shout out to. “My voice lessons teacher, Ms. Kehoe!” says Tyler. “Steve [Roe]; he helped me with voice coaching,” says Kevin. “My dad,” says Colin.

The Dragon:

The title character of A Dragon in the Mix is a highly misunderstood Dragon, played by Simone.

Simone’s favorite thing about playing the Dragon is the character’s quick changes in emotion and expression. “It’s just how many emotions come,” she says. “It’s just also -- one of my favorite parts is when I just [casually] be like “No,” and then a few seconds later after awkward silence I just start crying vigorously.”

Simone is really looking forward to sharing this show with an audience. “I’m looking forward to performing all of [the scenes] because I think the audience is gonna love me in general!” she says.

Though passionate about acting and rehearsing, the social aspects of camp have been very meaningful to Simone. “I like to make new friends, and I do like to perform my part and, like, the play, which is basically why I’m here,” she says. “But I will say [my favorite part of camp is] friends that I feel I don’t want to lose and don’t want to have to wait a whole entire other summer to see then again.”

Simone would like to offer a shout-out to someone who helped her on her acting journey. “To my best friend Adara who gave me confidence to do my audition,” she says, “because I was scared that you [the people holding auditions] were going to be strict or, like, a ruler.”

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Keep an eye on this space to learn more about the rest of our A Dragon in the Mix cast, and don’t miss their final camp performance this Friday, July 19th, at 7pm at the Fountain Performing Arts Centre at KES!