The Artist of the Month: January

Name: Leecy Cullen

Grade: 9


Q: What is your favorite thing about being a performer?

A: Having an excuse not to hang out with people. I’m kidding, but that does happen a lot. I guess my favorite thing about being a performer is getting to meet a lot of different insanely talented people, and becoming friends with people I wouldn’t have gotten to know if it weren’t for the theater. 

Q: Isn’t being a performer difficult? What are some things that you do to make it easier?

A: One of the things I do, and I know other people that do this as well, is to have someone that makes sure you know your lines. For instance, in Our Town, my sister would randomly say one of my lines, and I would have to continue it right then and there. It really helps me make sure I know what I’m supposed to do, and it can also help your improv skills if you forget something.

Q: What is your most memorable moment as a performer of JMM this year?

A: The final performance of Our Town. It was the last time we were going to do what we’d been working so hard on for weeks, and it was a really emotional time. It’s hard knowing that nothing will ever be like that again, but it was an amazing experience. I left that last night knowing so many new people, and have memories that I hope to never forget.

Q: Do you enjoy working with the cast?

A: Yes. While I definitely don’t always agree with people, it’s hard to do an entire show without interacting with others. Working with the cast, and getting to know them, makes acting so much more fun, and it’s really cool to see a bunch of people who don’t know each other that well at first create a really fantastic show. Also, the cast at Memorial is made up of a lot of people I’ve seen in other plays and musicals, so it’s super cool getting to perform with them.

Q: What is something that you have learned when performing in plays?

A: That no matter how much you thought you messed up, the truth is, it’s very unlikely anyone will really notice except for you. 

Q: What is something else that you want to explore in this field of art?

A: I would love to get more into the crew aspect of theater, because as much fun as being an actor is, behind the scenes is really interesting as well. I love going to crew on Mondays and Wednesdays, because the community is really great, and I have some really good friends there.

Q: If you could act in any play you wanted, what would it be and what role would you want to act as?

A: That’s really tough, but I have to pick Born Yesterday, by Garson Kanin. It’s one of my favorite plays, and I would love to play Billie Dawn. She has such an eccentric personality, and I love her character development. 

Q: What advice would you give to other students that want to be performers?

A: Honestly, go for it. It’s hard to give advice to people about performing because it’s very different for everybody. The only way to really decide if it’s for you is to try it out.


By Emmie Digon and Amy Yao

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