What’s your name and where are you from?
My name is Trevor Williams and I am originally from Kent, Ohio.
What character are you playing?
I’m playing the Sound Op. The Sound Op, along with the Wingman, is sort of representative of the environment surrounding B and the expression of her perception of the environment. It’s great because we get to be in these roles where we are omnipresent but only kind of halfway on the stage which is a really interesting thing to play with.
Is this your first time performing in a show for young audiences?
No. The second show that I did after moving to New Haven a few years ago was with New Haven Theatre Company. It was Shipwrecked! which actually has a lot of similarities in tone and delivery to When She Had Wings. I played a part somewhat similar to the Sound Op but I was part of the larger chorus of the show that surrounded the main character and kind of created the environment. It had the same sort of playful, sort of child-like imaginative kind of nature to it which was great. I’m really glad to be back inside that sphere.
Is there a difference between performing Theatre for Young Audiences and theatre for adults?
Absolutely. I think that you can expect a lot more from a young audience. I feel like adult audiences come in with more expectations and pre-conceived notions of what a show should be. Children are much more willing to play. They’re much more willing to take what they’re handed and work with it. I feel like children more readily access the portions of their imaginations that can really bring a show to life.
What has been your favorite part of the rehearsal process?
The exercises that Nick has brought to us to sort of break down the barriers with one another as a cast and also the barriers within ourselves. He’s done a lot of really great things that I was not expecting or not familiar with and I think I probably would have benefitted having gotten them earlier in my acting career. But I’m really glad to have them now. He’s definitely used exercises that I think were geared specifically towards this play but I feel like the application of them is very wide ranging and I’m planning to hang on to them for a long time.
What would you say to a kid coming to see the show?
Go ahead and come in attached to the ground but don’t expect to stay that way.
Can you tell me your name and where you’re from?
My name is Jhulenty and I’m from Yonkers, New York. I live in Bridgeport right now.
Can you tell me about your character in the show?
Yes, of course. My character goes by the name of Wingman. He and the Sound Op are basically the embodied imagination of B. So whatever B thinks or feels in the moment, we kind of have to represent her inner life. And how she reacts inside… all of her emotions… we demonstrate that through movement and sound.
What’s your favorite thing about the show?
What I love about the show is actually the role I’ve been given, honestly. Being able to represent somebody’s imagination and being able to represent somebody’s emotions without words is a very challenging and interesting experience. For us to be able to find ways to express how somebody else is feeling…it’s really important.
Have you ever performed for young audiences before?
No I haven’t, this is the first time!
Do you think there is something different about doing a show for young audiences?
Yeah there definitely is. It’s not like a regular straight play. We have to find different ways to deliver the message in a more comprehensive way. It’s usually not with words that we deliver our ideas, it’s more expressions and movement. The whole play is more about what you do and how that helps deliver the message.
What has been your favorite part of rehearsal process?
My favorite part is working with Nick, he’s a great director. His openness, his willingness to collaborate is just really fascinating. I really like the way he’s just so open to ideas and always willing to adjust. He’s just very adaptable, which is really awesome and I really think that it’s gonna really help the play.
Is there anything you want to say to kids who are coming to see the show?
Yes! You’ll love it! You’ll enjoy it! Come see the show! You will not regret it!
Is there anything else you want to add?
I would like to thank Nick for the opportunity and chance to do theatre for young audiences. This will really help me and allow me to become a better actor and find new ways and different techniques of working.