Interview by Laine Giovanniello
At the age of twelve, Anya Rosenbloom is dedicated to acting and theater. Her first play, The Wizard of Oz, was in the summer three years ago. Since then she has been in The Sound of Music, played Lucy Pevensie in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, and performed as Timon in The Lion King. She plans on continuing to do more musicals as she loves singing, acting, and bonding with her castmates.
What got you interested in acting?
My friend had been doing YSTC (a theater program), for a while and she always talked about how fun it was. I also saw pictures on social media and it seemed like a lot of fun. Acting was always something that interested me, and I guess after hearing about that I finally took initiative and really became involved.
How have you prepared for the musicals?
With my lines I would read them over and over again. I would practice with my friends until it “stuck”. In some of the musicals I had rehearsal every night, and after working with the choreographer and the cast so many times I was ready to perform.
How have you grown from the shows?
After I got Lucy it gave me a lot of confidence. I wasn’t that good in my first musicals and I was really scared. After being on stage for a while I felt more ready and capable of the big roles I was given. My auditions after that were much easier, because I didn’t doubt myself and I knew what the directors wanted to see.
What is one thing you have learned from acting that you plan to use later in life?
I learned that the people and relationships you make affect you in many ways. My castmates have taught me so many important things. When you’re in a show it’s like one big family, and the cast is like your brothers and sisters. Having them there gave me the confidence I needed to get up on stage and perform in front of hundreds of people. I know they will always be there for me and I will always be there for them.
Where do you see your self in acting in the future?
I want to audition for musicals that aren’t just for summer camp- while those are great-, real playhouses. There are many parts I want to play, like Maria in The Sound of Music. I know I won’t always get a lead but I still want to pursue it and see what happens.
What advice do you have for aspiring young actresses and actors?
When you first start acting you might think that you’re really bad, but just remember that you get better. This might sound weird but act like nobody’s there and just do it. Pretend that you’re all alone practicing in your room or something. Performing is so amazing and an experience you will never forget.
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