We asked members of our children’s chorus to answer some questions about performing in “The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me.” With a little help from their parents, a few of them sent along their answers:
WNO: Which of the animals in the show do you think you are most like and why?
Caroline Coleman: I think I am most like the donkey because I feel like we’re both optimistic. Also, I always try to do the best that I can do and the donkey has that attitude too.
Kianna Kelly-Futch: My favorite animal has to be … the Fat Cat because she is very dramatic like me and cats are one of my favorite animals. They are very cute.
Naomi Wager: The cat and the flamingo because I like to jump around like a cat and I like to do bird dances, BUT I am a lot like flamingo at home!!
Jared Marshall: I believe I’m mostly like the donkey because I am really modest and humble just like he is.
WNO: How did you get started singing/acting?
Caroline: I took a musical theatre class when I was six and loved it. My first experience on stage was as a munchkin in “The Wizard of Oz” when I was 9. I wore a flowerpot on my head and was on stage for 11 minutes—I was hooked.
Kianna: I started singing in the church when I was 2 years old. I got to lead praise and worship and blew them away. I started acting when I was 5, when I did my first pageant.
Naomi: I really like to act at home and I love dancing too. My brother and I love to put on operas and musicals at home. My mom really inspired me to dance and sing.
Jared: I started singing in church at the age of 5. As I went through school I played parts in plays and have sung with several choirs. I was taught to sight read music by my middle school music teacher and my theory teachers with the Maryland State Boychoir, which has opened many opportunities for my music.
WNO: What’s your favorite part of being in an opera?
Caroline: I really like to sing and think the music is beautiful.
Kainna: My favorite part of being in the opera is working with the other cast members. Especially when the Lion was auditioning for the role of bringing Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem to give birth to baby Jesus.
Naomi: I love singing and moving from place to place (town to town). I love to go to different towns, cities, cultures!!!
Jared: My favorite part is partially the staging and costumes, but also working around the characters and friends in the Children’s Chorus.