The leading lady of “Miss Electricity” gives us a little insight into who she is and her experiences in this show.
Tell us your name, age, and grade in school.
Lauren Arquero, 11 years old, 6th grade.
What role are you playing in “Miss Electricity”?
I play the character, Violet, aka Miss Electricity.
What similarities do you share with this character?
We’re both very creative, determined and want to feel included. We’re kind and just want to feel special. We also like to arrange our pillows a certain way!
Differences? I was bullied, but not like Violet. She’s being called names like cabbage and vegetables. Bullying and name calling is still very hurtful.
What is most challenging about this role?
The most challenging part in the play with Violet is where I told my stage mom that I have powers now and she doesn’t believe me. Then, I tell her that I’m absolutely nothing, which is very heartbreaking and the first time I did it, I actually cried. It was a really vulnerable scene and I was new to experience those types of feelings onstage.
What are some of the important messages in this play?
Some of the important messages of the play are true friendship, bullying, the importance of family and family dinner, wanting to feel included and cool. We all have something special to contribute to the world and it doesn’t have to be a super power. It can be a warm smile, kind words or a gentle heart.
What is your favorite thing about being onstage?
My favorite thing about being on stage is just making people smile, making them happy, making them feel happy about themselves and helping them forget about their troubles, even for a brief time. I like performing for the community and I just like to make everyone happy.
If you could have any super power, what would it be?
If I could have any superpower it would probably be to have laser vision because that just seems really awesome!
See Lauren and the rest of the cast of “Miss Electricity” on the Mainstage, March 18 & 19, 12:00 & 2:00 p.m. Saturday, and 2:00 p.m. Sunday. $10 general admission.