Q&A with a CAROL kid!
Gianna Hoffman is one of the children that performs in LYRIC’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL. She is a 14-year-old freshman at Classen School of Advanced Studies. This is her second year in LYRIC’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL and she is excited to be back on the Plaza stage! Come see this talented young lady and the rest of the children in LYRIC’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL!
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I would love to continue doing what I love when I grow up- acting!
Who is the biggest influence in your life?
My biggest influence in life is probably my dad. He is the most driven person I know, and he inspires me everyday to be my absolute best. You won’t achieve anything unless you work for it!
Do you participate in theater at school? Or with the Thelma Gaylord Academy?
I participate in theatre both with the academy and in school. I have been with the academy since the age of about 6 or 7, so it has become a like second home to me. I also major in theatre at my school, so I am constantly participating in theatre at school as well.
What is a daily-in-the-life look like for you during the run of the show?
A normal show for us usually begins with our preshow warm up. We do vocal warm ups, tongue twisters, and games. We also “find our energy”, which consists of tai chi and imaginary balls of energy which we then proceed to describe the “appearance” of. We then get dressed, put on wigs and mics, and go to mic check. Before every show, the kids run the opening number. After the show, we make sure to bring our props back to where they need to be, hang our costumes up, and check out with our young performers supervisor.
What other theater experience do you have?
Some recent shows I’ve been in include THE CHILDRENS HOUR at Lyric’s Thelma Gaylord academy, the pilot production of SPAMALOT JR. at Broadway Workshop in NYC, and LEGALLY BLONDE at Lyric’s Thelma Gaylord Academy.
How do you get into character?
Backstage, we have certain things we do before scenes to get into character. For example, last year before the “Happy Cratchit” scene, we would do a little dance before we went onstage. Before the “Sad Cratchit” scene, we would take a moment backstage to hold hands and close our eyes to get into character.
What is your favorite part about performing LYRIC’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL?
My favorite part of performing LYRIC’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL is talking to the audience in the beginning. I just love interacting with them and seeing their reactions! It’s always a lot of fun. I also really love doing Fezziwig. There’s just so much energy and excitement in that number!
Has this production differ from last years LYRIC’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL productions?
Last year I was Belinda, the younger Cratchit sister, so it’s different being the oldest, Martha Cratchit, this year. I’m also already familiar with the show this year, as opposed to just having learned it last year.
Out of all the cast members, who is the most inspiring to look up to?
Out of all the cast members, I look up to Lexi Windsor the most. She is incredibly talented and so sweet. I absolutely love working with her!