by Haley Flanders
As promised, here is the second and final installment of the take-aways from the cast. The previous blog post featured six of the cast members, and this post will feature another six! During the final post-show discussion, an audience member asked the cast to share the things they have learned and felt by creating and performing this piece of theatre together. Since only a few could share, luckily we have this blog to give you more insight int the individual experiences of various cast members. Enjoy!
“I would like to be a drama therapist using plays, such as The Taste of Sunrise, to empower communities and schools to be inclusive and overcome the common struggles that hard situations create. I believe I will be able to help communities become inclusive and accepting through these experiences.”
“I hope to be accepted into the supply chain program or either Recreational management. Nevertheless I hope my life will still greatly involve opportunities in the Deaf world.”
“I am currently working on my missionary application and will be expecting my call in a few weeks. I hope to be able to have more opportunities to do shows at BYU as well as be more involved in the Deaf community.”
Lizzie Mickelsen plays the role of Izzy Sue Ricks, along with various workers at the Central Institute for the Deaf.
“I want to keep being involved in theatre. I’m still finding where I fit in this wacky world, but I love costume and makeup design. The more opportunities I have to design the more I fall in love with the craft. Being able to help bring stories like this to life would be a dream.”
“I have often imagined myself being a theatre teacher, and last semester I even thought about being a theatre teacher within a Deaf school/community. I am currently a theatre arts studies major, thinking minoring in both TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other language) and communications. I want to always have theatre in my life. Auditioning for plays as often as I can and trying to be in a production each year, at least. I want to go to another country and teach English, and use my background in theatre as often as possible. Theatre really is a part of me, and ASL is starting to be the same.”
My future aspirations include gaining my BFA in acting, becoming fluent in ASL and doing my best to be happy and follow the Lord’s plan for me. (She just received her mission call and will serve in ASL).
Jake Earnest plays the role of Jonas Tucker.
“My experience working on this show has been incredible. I learned the beauty of sign language, and it instilled a desire in me to learn it fluently. What makes a show really great is the relationships you gain throughout the process. I will cherish those most of all. The message of the show became deep and important to me, and as time progressed I realize that I did not have to act like Jonas much, for his life had become part of me. I really felt a fatherly care for Tuc, and it became harder to leave him at school every night. But this made the show a stronger and grander experience for me and hopefully others.”
Now enjoy the rest of the interview with these cast members!
1) What life lessons or theatre tips have you learned from being a part of this show? Continue reading