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

From left to right: Lady Petunia (Marie), the Queen (Grace), and the queen’s mother (Madison).  Photo credit: Ally Loiselle

From left to right: Lady Petunia (Marie), the Queen (Grace), and the queen’s mother (Madison).

Photo credit: Ally Loiselle

It’s time to meet the rest of the cast from this week’s Drama Camp production of A Dragon in the Mix!

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The Royals:

The royal court in A Dragon in the Mix consists of The Queen (played by Grace), the queen’s mother (played by Madison), and their lady in waiting, Lady Petunia (played by Marie).

Each of the show’s royals enjoy different aspects of their part. “My favorite thing about my character is that I don’t have so many lines, and that I can curtsy ,” says Marie. “My favorite thing about my character is that I’m the queen and I get to wear like a really fancy outfit, and I like that the queen is always worried because I feel like it’s really easy for me to act out,” says Grace. “My favorite thing about my character is probably the fact that the princesses, my granddaughters, are always making fun of me, and they say that in my age I was boring and everything, and it’s just like, really funny, and I like being one of the royals,” Madison says. “It’s really fun!”

Grace, Madison, and Marie are all looking forward to the show and had several moments they think the audience will enjoy. “[I like] when the princes say, ‘Oh, we’re really busy right now’ and I’m like ‘If you refuse, I’m throwing you in a dark dungeon’ and I get to say that whole line,” says Grace, “because, like, they’re all scared. Tyler and Colin were hugging each other because they were scared, and I’m really excited for that because I think the audience will laugh!” Marie nods and says, “I think [my favorite part is] when we all meet together, because it shows all our characters all in one scene.” When it comes to moments she thinks the audience will enjoy, Madison says, “There are a few parts, but probably the part where the princesses are making fun of me!”

From left to right: Aloe (Lola), Vinca (Gabby), Pothos (Ella), and Aspidistra (Lilliah)  Photo credit: Ally Loiselle

From left to right: Aloe (Lola), Vinca (Gabby), Pothos (Ella), and Aspidistra (Lilliah)

Photo credit: Ally Loiselle

When it comes to shout outs, each actress would like to thank someone different. Marie shouts out to her new friend Tyler. Grace would like to thank “the leaders, and my mom, and Mark, and my music teacher, and my drama teacher.” Madison says, “I would probably thank definitely all the leaders for helping us, and the cast. Like all of the cast are amazing people. And definitely my mom for helping me become an actress.”

The Governesses:

A Dragon in the Mix features several wise and sassy royal governesses who tutor the kingdom’s princesses. These governesses are Aspidistra (played by Lilliah), Pothos (played by Ella), Vinca (played by Gabby), and Aloe (played by Lola).

Several things about playing a governess are appealing to our actresses. “I like that we’re the teachers of the princesses and we always make like mad faces because they’re always doing not what they’re supposed to do!” says Ella. “[I like] what I get to say,” says Lola. “[I like] that the princesses say they can’t stand my lectures, and that I get to look like a lawyer,” says Lilliah. “I like that I play someone nasty and that I’ve only been here one week,” says Gabby, adding, “It’s exciting and fun.”

Three of our governesses share the same favorite scene. “I’m excited for the audience to see the princes fighting because it’s kinda funny and kinda weird because that’s what kids do, and they’re, like, acting like little kids,” says Ella. “Mine is the same as hers,” says Gabby, and Lola nods. Lilliah choses a different preferred scene and says, “My favorite part is the first scene when [the fairies] mess up, because if they didn’t mess up, then we wouldn’t be governesses and would have been stuck in the fairy tale, so that’s my favorite part!”

Ella wants to offer a shout out to camp leader Ally for helping her this week, as well as to Grace (who plays the Queen), saying “She comforts me and helps me when I don’t know where the page is!” Gabby would like to thank her friend Madison (who plays the queen’s mother), and Lilliah would like to thank her friend Julia. Lola did not wish to offer a special shout out but is glad to be here at camp.

The Princesses:

From left to right: Princess Rose (Breagh), Princess Lilac (Chelsea), Princess Lily (Willoughby), and Princess Daisy (Bea)  Photo credit: Ally Loiselle

From left to right: Princess Rose (Breagh), Princess Lilac (Chelsea), Princess Lily (Willoughby), and Princess Daisy (Bea)

Photo credit: Ally Loiselle

The cast of characters in A Dragon in the Mix is rounded out by four rebellious princesses: Princess Rose (played by Breagh), Princess Lily (played by Willoughby), Princess Daisy (played by Bea), and Princess Lilac (played by Chelsea).

Reacting in ways that are very unlike the other characters in the show is one of the most appealing aspects of being a princess for these young performers. “I like how we react to different things and want something to happen,” says Chelsea. “Yeah,” Bea adds, “[when something happens] most of the family is like ‘Oh my!’ but we’re just like ‘ …Wow.’”

These actresses also like how the princesses differ from most people they may encounter in real life. Breagh says, “I like how we want to be something that we’re not. Like, most people would love to be a princess and do whatever all day, but we want to have jobs. I also like that we’re less afraid of the dragon than the princes are.” Bea agrees and adds, “People like, hate their jobs, and wanna stay home and watch tv all day, but we’re like, ‘We want jobs! We’re unhappy!’” Chelsea chimes in saying, “We’re like ‘Get us out of this mansion! We want to work!’”

The inherent sass in the princess roles also makes them enjoyable for these performers. “I like that we get to do a lot of yelling in our part and interrupt our grandmother. I really like where we get to sing a song and skip around the governesses and bob our head up and down and make fun of them!” Breagh adds, “I like when we do the [sassy] poses!”

Each of these actresses wants to offer a special shout out to their parents. “It’s kind of been tough love,” says Breagh, “because I’ll be like ‘I wanna go in the pool!’ and they’re like, ‘No, you have to practice.’” Willoughby says, “I was allowed to stay up until 9 last night practicing!” Chelsea nods and says ‘They [our parents] put up with us!’”

Breagh, Willoughby, Bea, and Chelsea would also like to thank the camp leaders – including Elle, for going to the park with them on Wednesday! – and to all their fellow campers for encouraging them when they forget their lines.

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Our camp production of A Dragon in the Mix is being performed tomorrow, Friday July 19th, at the Fountain Performing Arts Centre at KES. We hope you come see these talented young folks perform!