Thank you for telling us about yourself and the current Homestead production. Now, what w is your name and what exactly do you do for Blue Stockings?
My name is Tessa Lusis and I’m in 11th grade this year here at Homestead. For this show, I am one of the assistant directors.
What is Blue Stockings about and why should people come see it?
I think what sets this show apart is that, unlike our musical Shrek, it’s based on true events. Elizabeth Welsh was a real person and this issue of women’s education continued for centuries. Another cool thing about this show is that since it takes place during this issue of women’s education as well as it takes place in college, this show has a nice mix of comedy and thought provocating content. And I hope you enjoy this unique show!
All art comments on or aligns itself with current issues. How does Blue Stockings comment on our world today and how has it influenced you this Spring?
I think this show really sheds light on how big issues and topics like this are gray rather than black and white as people tend to think. A lot of characters in this show are faced with the question of: should women be able to graduate college? Some of the male characters didn’t want it but also respected what they were fighting for. Mrs. Welsh was for graduation but kept a low profile on women’s suffrage in order to not upset the public. It really gives an example that you can be halfway on an issue because of the complexities of them.
What is challenging about bringing this script to life?
Most people think British accents are easy but what I’ve learned through this experience that it’s hard to completely change your accent from an American accent to a British one.
Without giving anything away, what’s your favorite line of dialogue?
I love any and all of the guys’ scenes because of the comedy and playfulness they all have. I think it’s funny to see how college kids haven’t really changed over the years in terms of stress, partying and romance.
What do you hope the audience takes away from this show?
That when you’re passionate about something and it doesn’t go your way at first, keep trying because one day it will come true if you keep at it.
This play is about going to college, what are your plans after graduating Homestead? Where do you think your path will lead you?
One day, I want to go into advertising or marketing or public relations. I want to go to college at DePaul University but the cost is a bit high so UWM is a good second option. I hope it’ll lead me to a nice path to financial stability, independence, and happiness.
Homestead High School presents “Blue Stockings” this coming weekend, April 27 and 28 at 7pm and April 29 at 1pm. Tickets are $7-$8 and sold at the door.
James Barr Performing Art Center
5000 W. Mequon Rd.
Mequon WI 53092