Jayme: How are you doing today?
Isla: I'm doing really good.
Jayme: That’s great! My first question is, what has it been like putting Schoolhouse Rock Live, Jr! together?
Isla: Overall it's been really fun. Everybody's so excited for the show to go on and we are loving how it's coming together.
Jayme: What character do you play?
Isla: I am a Dorie. I'm the dance captain for Dories.
Jayme: Cool. What does being a dance captain entail?
Isla: Well, being a dance captain, when Merlyn gives us the choreography, the dance captain's in charge of memorizing that choreography. Teaching the choreography that anyone missed, or just keeping them caught up.
Jayme: How long have you been in Cherry Street?
Isla: I've been doing this since the Fall of 2018.
Jayme: Wow! …and what have you learned?
Isla: I've learned many tips and tricks on how to project, how to get my point across as an actor, and how to have many different personas: sassy, more melancholic, evil, grumpy, and sometimes I’m just myself when I'm on stage.
Jayme: Awesome. Do you bring any of these things into your real life?
Isla: I feel like theater has helped me bring me out of my shell and I'm more outgoing and energetic and dramatic because of it.
Jayme: I know you worked on the mainstage production, Tommy, and are going to be in Matilda. What's the difference between working in Cherry Street and working in the bigger theater?
Isla: I'd say, well, the first difference that's comes to mind is that everybody gets a part in the Cherry Street play. Everybody's included. But for a mainstage you have to audition and are not guaranteed a part. You have more components that go into a bigger show: prop and set wise. But I did play Elsa in Frozen that Cherry Street did and everything was super cool. I'd say that was one of my favorite shows here.
Jayme: Why was it your favorite?
Isla: The set was awesome, and it was my first time being a main role in a show, so that was pretty cool. But what sucked is that I got laryngitis the week of the show so my singing sucked, but I loved the show. It was a really fun experience.
Jayme: Do you think you're going to do theater more in your life?
Isla: Yes, I'm going into high school next year, so I'm going to do school plays there hopefully, and I'm going to be involved with Cherry Street until they kick me out of here...They’ll have to kick me out. Because, I love it here.
Jayme: Would you come back and help direct or...
Isla: Yes! I am actually assistant directing a Summer Camp this summer in June... It's young kids. They're building a play from the ground up, so that's going to be a fun experience.
Jayme: I heard you work with your sister. What's that like?
Isla: It has its moments. There's definitely parts that I enjoy because when we go home we can practice together and help each other memorize stuff. But then the fact that it's my sister. I love my sister, but sometimes it's, "Oh you're my sister, right."
Jayme: Yeah. I suspect you speak to your sister differently than the other Cherry Street kids?
Isla: Yeah, definitely. There's definitely that, "You're my sister. I can talk to you this way."
Jayme: And what's it like being a real big kid in the room?
Isla: It's definitely different because past years I've had people my age that are here that I can just hang out with, but now I'm helping the younger kids get used to the theater environment, and helping immerse them in the culture of theater. That's been different, because this is the first play I'm the only 14 year old here. I've missed my friends dearly, and I wish they were in this play, but I'm excited that I get to take on a leadership role this time.
Jayme: Great. Anything else you want to add?
Isla: Well, if this is going on the blog, please sign up for the next semester of Cherry Street if you are from ages 8 to 14. It is a really fun experience and you would really enjoy it!