My name is Sarah Mosinski and I’m currently a Junior here at Homestead. I love anything related to Broadway, practicing my calligraphy, spending time with friends, cleaning and organizing (weird I know, but nothing gives me greater joy than clear acrylic organizers)
I am an Assistant Director for The Little Mermaid :). One of the best parts of my role as an AD is that I learn every dance, song, and line in the whole musical. As crazy as it can get, I absolutely love being there to see the full evolution of our production from day one to the last performance!
I always wanted to be a part of theatre but I have always been too scared to get on stage and perform in front of people. Last year, Ms Houge (our amazing music director) convinced me to try assistant directing for Shrek, and I am SO glad that she did. It was the best experience ever and I met my best friends 🙂 I couldn’t imagine high school without theatre, so I am honored to be the AD for this show!
Do you have any stories from rehearsals, practices or crew sessions?
Before the show, I was kind of intimidated by Frances – another assistant director – but I looked over at her laptop as we were putzing around before a rehearsal and she was looking at floor plans on Pinterest (also how I spend my free time). That was the moment I knew we would be friends. I’m so glad that I get to have a friend and mentor like Frances – she’s so freaking funny and I love getting to learn from her and laugh with her every day!
All art comments on something, aligns itself with current issues. How does The Little Mermaid comment on current social or political issues and has it influenced you this winter?
I think that Ursula takes Ariel’s voice not to be human and marry a prince but rather to teach her that having a voice is more important than fitting in with others (!!!). Ursula felt like she was ignored and unheard as a child compared to her other siblings, so she takes away Ariel’s voice to make Ariel understand how she felt. Having a voice to say what we want, stand up for ourselves, and what we believe in is something we shouldn’t take for granted. Shout out to Ursula for trying to teach Ariel that your voice is a privilege you shouldn’t sacrifice!
What do you hope the audience will be thinking about in the car as they drive home after this show?
“That was better than the professional shows I see!” (it’s been said before and I know that with this show, it will be said again) or “I wanna join theatre in high school!”
What’s one thing that is different in this play or rehearsal process than anything else we’ve done in the Homestead Theatre Department?
A ton of the dances you will see in The Little Mermaid are actually choreographed by members of the cast! It is so cool to see friends who have a passion and talent for dance teach and have their work be showcased on stage! It definitely adds to the camaraderie of the cast!
Anything else you want to talk about?
There are so many parts that contribute to a show if you know you want to perform, audition! If acting isn’t where you see yourself, there’s always stage crew, pit orchestra, assistant directing, makeup, or costumes to name a few! Theatre is a safe space and everyone truly becomes part of a family!