Meet the Artist: Emma Zander

10420288_815278508522091_6777696466822869425_nHi, my name is Emma Zander and I’m an actor in the One Act Class’s production of She Kills Monsters. I also participate in makeup crew, and take some photos during rehearsals. We haven’t really started makeup yet, but it should be interesting when we do. Taking photos is fun during rehearsals because everyone is still experimenting with their roles; so some of what you see in pictures will not be the same for the final show.

The play itself isn’t there yet. It’s kind of expected, every show I’ve been in at Homestead it seems like we’re very unorganized, but it comes together in the end. We have yet to have a day where everyone is really on top of it. I’ll be the first to admit, I’m still struggling with Vera (my character) and I haven’t had a day where I’ve given it my 100%. I think as we nail our lines down and really put our all into our blocking it’ll all shape up.

Emma as the White Rabbit in "Alice in Wonderland"
Emma as the White Rabbit in “Alice in Wonderland”

With this class, we compete around the State on Saturdays with the play.  Our first will be October 24th and the competitions will be fun but nerve-wracking. We’re out here to put on the best show we can and that’s what we’ll do. Sure, there’s points and ranking, but if we walk off that stage thinking, “Wow.” I think we’ll call it a win.

I auditioned for The Hobbit my freshman year and didn’t get in. That was rough. Then I auditioned for Carousel, best thing ever. Two of my friends and I were the only freshmen to get called back for Romeo and Juliet. We didn’t get cast, but it was a confidence boost for sure. The summer going into my sophomore year, a group of HHS students worked on the play Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl.  Eurydice was one of the best things I’ve ever been a part of. Thanks Joe.

Last fall I was in the play Alice in Wonderland and met some of my closest friends… and got a supporting role, the White Rabbit. I wasn’t able to do The Mikado as an actor, but crew was really fun. I also met my best friend during The Mikado. I couldn’t do Arabian Nights or Robin Hood. So here I am in One Act and very very very excited for Beauty and the Beast. I stayed in theater because I knew I wanted to do it in high school and you just can’t beat drama club drama. Also, I think Ms. Figg-Franzoi would cry herself to sleep every night if I wasn’t in her shows. She would miss me too much. Me, being the good person I am, I couldn’t do that to Ms. Figg. It just wouldn’t be right.

One Act doing an X-treme Through in class
One Act doing an X-treme Through in class

I could write lots of stories about One Act classes, but people would be too impatient to read them all. Overall, Nick Gardison is six years old, everything about Derrick Karas is comically large, Emily Boelke likes big lizards, Matthias Wong is good at getting his arms ripped off and Sarah Verespej has to go to the bathroom a lot (she doesn’t stand still). Everyone in the class is wonderful to be around and it’d be a very different show if any one of them was taken out.

What do I do outside HHS theatre?  Really? Uh… I don’t really know. I think most people would peg me as photographer, but I’m more than that. I have lots of interests, some I’ve pursued at Homestead and some I have yet to try. I’m in a lot of clubs. The clubs I’m in, I’m in because I wanted to be there. It’s too common for people to only join clubs for college apps. You do high school once, I just wish every kid really did what they wanted to do without the stress of the future deciding their every decision.

What do I want to do when I leave Homestead?

Travel the world. Eat good food. Be happy.


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