How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? (A Conversation with Maria)

Considering the fact that she is one of the most iconic characters of all time, playing Maria is no easy task. But our leading lady is up to the task! Here’s what she had to say about tackling such a major challenge.

What did the audition process feel like for you?

The audition process pretty much felt the same to me. I sang a one minute song, had the dance audition, and then I was called back for Liesl and Maria. I always get nervous before auditions no matter how many times I do it and this year I was especially nervous for some reason. I think the only difference in my audition process was that I stayed at callbacks longer, but I didn’t mind because callbacks and cold reads are my favorite part of the audition process!

Photo Credit: Elise LoSardo

What did you do when you found out you got the role?

When the cast list came out, I FaceTimed a friend of mine, who is playing Elsa, only to find out we were one block away from each other, so we met up and celebrated!

Photo Credit: Elise LoSardo

What is your favorite part of the rehearsal process?

It’s so hard to choose because I love every part of the rehearsal process, but if I had to choose one part it would be seeing all my friends perform. I love to watch the scenes that I am not in and applaud them for their hard work!

Photo Credit: Paloma Parker

What are the biggest challenges?

The biggest challenge for me is retaining energy. The first act of the show, I sing back to back big songs and it has been challenging to breathe deeply to support my sound while also skipping and laughing with the von Trapp children. But, I am so thankful to Ms. Julie for working with me and we are seeing progress!

Photo Credit: Elise LoSardo

What are you most looking forward to in upcoming rehearsals?

I am really looking forward to when we run Act 1 with the entire cast. It will be amazing to see it all come together and to share what we have been working on!

Photo Credit: Elise LoSardo

Why should people come see the show?

Why should they not?!? This is seriously going to be an amazing show! The cast, and I am not exaggerating, is a dream team and an insanely talented group of kids. We have all been working hard to make this show the best it can be and I am positive our hard work will result in a fantastic and beautiful production! Come see it!!!!

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