Meet the Artist: Maisie Allen

2allenfave-10Who are you?  What year are you?  What are your interests?
My name is Maisie Allen, but I am lucky enough to have my friends call me Alvi as well! I am a senior at Homestead High School and I deem myself the unofficial Non-Binary Representative! Yes, for those of you who don’t really understand or know, non-binary basically means I’m neither a boy nor am I a girl! So when referring to me you use they/them pronouns. I know it’s a little hard to get used to, but I’d greatly appreciate it!

I’m so glad you decided to tell people about yourself and the current Homestead production.  What exactly do you do for The Little Mermaid?
I play the lead villain, Ursula in The Little Mermaid. And I also bring memes and Good Times.

fullsizeoutput_2779What brought you to join the cast, crew, pit for The Little Mermaid?
I joined the cast because I love acting on stage under the lights. Theatre and singing are my two main passions, and this is bringing a wonderful challenge to allow me to grow within both of those sections. Thankfully, I am also lucky enough to be pursuing theatre past high school when I sail onward to college! Exactly where is still pending information.

Do you have any stories from rehearsals, practices or crew sessions?
One time David Blatz and Kaet Sisney raced on heelys. That’s probably the most iconic thing I’ve ever seen in my life.

fullsizeoutput_2a21All art comments on something aligns itself with current issues.  How does this piece comment on current social or political issues and has it influenced you this winter?
For me, Ariel’s interest and desire to be human relates slightly to the Trans Community. There are multiple parallels like being born in the wrong body and how your heart doesn’t match the inside. It’s powerful to view these similarities and allow ourselves to teach our children that these people exist and what they feel is valid.

What do you hope the audience will be thinking about in the car as they drive home after this show?
“Jeez, Ursula can really hit that belt.”

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