Meet the Artist: Parn Chaiyasat

Who are you?  What year are you?  What are your interests?

My name is Parn (or Parnreutai if you want to be a little daredevil) Chaiyasat. I am a senior and also an exchange student from Thailand. My interests stretch from anime, books, science, music(rock is my favorite), and of course, theatre.

What exactly do you do for Cinderella?

I am a member of the ensemble.

What brought you to join the cast, crew, pit for Cinderella??

Fun fact: Exchange students would have advisors aka liaisons. My liaison introduced me to the theatre department since her daughter participated in it and really enjoyed it.

Do you have any stories from rehearsals, practices or crew sessions?

Theater always reminds me that my name is very hard to pronounce and it’s fun seeing my friends try to roll their Rs in the ‘reu’ part of my name.

Cinderella is about standing up for what you believe in, living with love and kindness and accepting you can always learn.  How have you connected to the story?  

This somehow reflects how I am going through my teenage life in a whole new country is America. There might be times of homesickness and adapting to a new culture, but there will always be people who will be there for you and accept your identity as a person. And I have just been leaning towards making new friends and looking at the good side of people because my exchange year is too short to just shy away or curl up in my comfort zone.

What is it like putting on a show in the time of COVID? How is it different?  How is it the same?  Other thoughts?

First of all, I am happy that we could do a musical even in the time of covid this time. It sure is kind of weird practicing and having to wear masks, but it does not get in the way as much and the progress of the music still goes on smoothly.

What’s one thing that is different in this play or rehearsal process than anything else we’ve done in the Homestead Theatre Department?

It is my first time both doing acting, dancing, and singing at the same time in performance, and just doing a musical in general is a very new thing for me. 

Anything else you want to talk about?

 I am ecstatic that my exchange path had led me to come to theatre and being back my love for acting and not studying 10 hours a day learning about the different subphylums of Chelicerata. It is so amazing how much effort is put into the plays in Homestead. I want to say thank you to everyone who is a part of this beautiful show and everybody who is watching!

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