Who are you? What year are you? What are your interests?
My name is Greer Patten and I am a sophomore. I love theater, lacrosse, baking, and I am learning to play the ukulele.
What exactly do you do for Cinderella?
I am a featured dancer and in the ensemble for the show.
What brought you to join the cast, crew, pit for Cinderella??
I have always loved theater and I love doing every show I have the opportunity to do. In 4th grade I was performing at the Rec Department, performing on the Homestead stage, and, to a little kid, being one of those big adult-looking people just seemed like the coolest thing ever.
Do you have any stories from rehearsals, practices or crew sessions?
The first read-through of the show was so much fun, especially since we had to read the songs, not sing them, and literally, no one knew the songs, so it was basically just a bunch of people creepily saying the same words, which was just so funny. Another fun time was when it was freezing in the choir room during one of our music rehearsals because the heat wasn’t working. We were all super cold in blankets and coats, which was so oddly memorable.
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 story has been a huge part of my life ever since I was a kid, and I think it is so important that kids are taught the importance of these qualities at a young age. I firmly believe that loving and accepting people as who they are is one of the most important things to do in life, and it makes me want to strive to always do that.
What is it like putting on a show in the time of COVID? How is it different? How is it the same? Other thoughts?
It is definitely super difficult because there is always this unknown if someone will be there if they can learn what they missed, and even what the current situation of the pandemic will be when we perform.
What’s one thing that is different in this play or rehearsal process than anything else we’ve done in the Homestead Theatre Department?
This is my first show at Homestead, so I don’t have anything to compare it to here, but it is so much fun!
Anything else you want to talk about?
This show is so much fun, both on and off stage. It is so much fun to be able to get close with people at your school, rather than people you only see at rehearsals and performances. You can see people every single day and it is just so much fun to have that bond inside of school. With theater, you have to rely on every single one of your cast members and we spend hours together pretty much every day, so naturally, we have all gotten super close.