Meet the Artist: Olivia Barrington

223571_514321415272688_1809936105_nI didn’t know who Olivia was when she first showed up on Make-up crew, but I did know she was very into doing Make-up and was very good.  From there I learned more about her, her hate for everything….just kidding.  But this girl has the most interesting taste and you will always laugh when she is around, her dark sarcastic humor is amusing.  So, here’s to Olivia!

1. What inspired your journey into the arts?

When I was little, my mom and aunt would go see a play once a year. One year, they chose to go see Wicked in Chicago, so my mom bought the CD. Every time we drove in the car after that, we would listen to the Wicked sound track. I fell in love with it, so much that my mom decided to take me to see the show while it was still in Chicago. I was so excited, I think I even got to miss a day of school. I was so excited, I think I knew almost all of the words to most of the songs when we went. The show itself was incredible. During one of the opening numbers they blasted green and pink streamers into the crowd, and I think I still have a green one in my keepsake box. That show really stuck with me, so after starting middle school, I began acting in the school plays there and I did one or two outside of school in the summer. Then starting my sophomore year I started doing make up for the homestead shows and now I’m back into acting again with Theater Production Seminar.

2. Who is your character and how have you created that personality? What has been the biggest challenge you have come across in your character so far?

Currently I am working on a two person show called “Duck Variations” for a final project. My character is Georgia, a girl variation on the character in the show George because originally it was scripted to be two men. Georgia is an older woman, and shes not quite all there. Also, because she is elderly, she believes everything she says is correct.

923222_377386935699255_1540927186_n3. What are your funniest and worst experiences preforming in front of an audience?

Well okay in front of an audience I’ve never really embarrassed myself that I can recall, but for one show I had fake nails on. We didn’t cut them down and they were very long, and painted black. So that entire week of school I couldn’t pick up my pencil or do anything really because these nails were so incredibly ridiculous.

4.If you had a chance to work with anyone of your choosing, who would it be?

If I could work with anybody I would act with John Huges directing me. I actually hail from the area where many of his movies took place and were filmed during the 80’s and almost all of my favorites rat pack movies were directed by him.

5. What are you most proud of and what dreams or goals would you like to fulfill?
I’m actually still really proud of the decision I made back in the beginning of sophomore year to go help out with make up for the Narnia play after hearing the announcement. It got me back into theatre and I’ve made some of the best friends from that decision. One of my goals is to get back into acting again, I’ve lost a fair number of years to work on my skills and I just miss it greatly.

6.What do you want to do After High School? Do you have any dreams or hopes for the Future? Do you know where you are going to school?

After high school, I plan on attending either University of Wisconsin Madison or Purdue University, located in Indiana. I plan on majoring in chemical engineering and minoring in foreign languages. I’m really just looking for a job with travel, I could never come and do the same thing all day every day, like I do as a student.

563093_10200367371334429_1355657676_n7. Which three famous people would you invite to dinner and why [dead celebrities included]? And what tasty treat would you prepare?

To dinner I would invite John Huges, naturally, Oscar Wilde, and probably Brendon Urie, of Panic! At The Disco. Each of them was involved in some aspect of the arts and I would love to get to know each of them. I would probably serve Spaghetti because its my favorite dish to eat.

8. What is your favorite genre of music? Why?

Wow, asking me my favorite genre of music is a little bit like asking a fish what type of water he likes to swim in. I guess I listen mostly to indie music, bands like Vampire Weekend, Bon Iver, and Edward Sharpe. I also really like certain types of pop bands, like Panic! at the Disco or pop punk like Fall Out Boy. It depends greatly on my mood, to be honest.

9. Have you read any plays lately? What are your favorite?

I’m not currently reading anything but I’ve got As You Like It by Shakespeare and The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde lined up.

10. Tell us 5 interesting and unknown facts about yourself!
1. Nobody has seen my natural hair color since 7th grade.
2. At one point in my life I was so obsessed with Harry Potter, I went to a Harry Potter summer camp that also involved horse back riding.
3. I’ve never visited the dentist.
4. I have two cats named Montague and Capulet and Romeo and Juliet is my least favorite play, ever.
5. My middle name means “love” in at least 3 different languages.

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