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Interview | Katie Ross

image (6)I keep saying it, but it’s true.  Class act, intelligent, very kind.  I’m totally describing Katie Ross, but wow, I could be talking about Josh Reardon, Marian Emanuelson, Gregory Messmer, Rachael Houser and the rest of the PMT gang. There’s something in the water. 🙂  Or PMT just has a knack for finding really amazing talent.  Hmmm….

I’ve had such a fun time interviewing all these kids and I can’t wait to see how they do opening night.  Katie Ross is a marvelous actress and singer and I’m so excited to see her in action!  Brava, Katie!

1. You play Cinderella, a girl’s dream.  But Cinderella is such an iconic character.  It definitely comes with some preconceived notions.  So what are you doing with the character to make it yours?

To me, Cinderella is really the classic princess, and I feel so grateful to be playing her! I think I really want to try to find my own balance between both the Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella and the Disney’s Cinderella.

2. Expounding on that a bit, how difficult is it to play a role like Cinderella?  Do you find there’s much freedom in it?

I think every character comes with some challenges. When kids come to see Cinderella, they are expecting THE Cinderella. However, I think that  there are definitely still places to make it my own, which I think is really important.

3. How is it acting with your fellow Cinderella?  Did you guys try to make your interpretations of Cinderella different from each other, or was it a more organic process?

Rosemary has been absolutely wonderful to work with! I think we’re both so excited to be playing Cinderella together. And I really don’t think we are actually making an effort to make our interpretations different. I think that’s something that will really just happen naturally when we work and step into the role on our own.

4. How are you enjoying working with the Princes Joshua Reardon and Davis Wayne?

It’s great to be working with both Davis and Josh. They are both so talented and professional, and they really are gentlemen, just like the prince!

5. And you’re surrounded by tons of little kids as your mice!  Such sweet girls!  I had a blast interviewing them.  I couldn’t believe how still they sat and how well-spoken they were!  Already such professionals. 🙂  Are those kids as fun as they seem? 🙂

All of girls playing the mice are so sweet, and I love working with them! They really are little professionals, and I can’t wait to perform with them!

6. Okay, let’s switch gears a moment.  You’re just starting out in your career.  What’s the most surprising thing you’ve learned as a young actress?

I think that one of the most surpising things I’ve learned throughout my experience at PMT is that you can’t be working hard enough. You can never feel too comfortable or be too prepared to go on stage. I think that I’ve learned that I should really never stop pushing myself to work beyond my own expectations. I think that going into this field takes a ton of guts, hard work, integrity, commitment, and so on.

7. How would you define the Pittsburgh arts scene?

I think thePittsburgharts scene is really such a wonderful aspect that the city has to offer. There are theater performances, ballets, symphonies, art galleries, museums, and fairs, and there’s really something for everyone.

8. Can you tell me about your experience at PMT?  What lessons have you learned there?  What do you enjoy most about it?

I think that almost any one of my peers at PMT would agree with me when I say that PMT is really like a second home. We are constantly learning, and I feel so lucky that I get to be a part of a conservatory that is so nurturing. We are surrounded by role models who are so caring and supportive, and they really push us to be the best we can be. We have so many oppurtunities to test our education through live performance, shadowing, and Transitions and Pre-College Program (PCP) students sometimes get the opportunity to student direct, choreograph, stage manage, and other jobs through Tales & Treats, a new children’s theater at PMT.

9. Finally, my end question to every interview: tell me some advice you have for the people reading this interview that want to act and break into the theater community in Pittsburgh?  

It may sound cheesy, but follow your dreams and don’t be afraid to try something new. And, oh yea, come to PMT!

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