AURIEL LARK FELSECKER is eighteen years old and finishing her senior year in high school. She was most recently seen on CST’s stage as Snow White in Snow White. She has been in numerous shows at CST, but this is quickly becoming one of her favorites.
What character are you playing?
I play Amanda Denney.
What aspects of your character do you find most interesting?
Amanda is a character with many different walls put up around her. As the play progresses most of the walls get knocked down, yet at the end of the play I think there are a still a couple of them that she continues to hide behind. Any other character that I've played always seemed to completely show themselves to the audience by the end of the show, so it's pretty different playing a character that is still hiding pieces of herself, even at the end of the show.
What do you find most interesting about the play?
Although this play takes place in such a critical time in history, and in the shaping of our nation, it's pretty mind-blowing how much teenagers lives really don't change throughout time. Even though you have these huge historical events going on, these characters lives really revolve around the typical things that almost every single teenager faces.
What has been most challenging for you as you have prepared for this play?
For every one quality that I share with my character there is at least 5 others that I do not. So becoming a character that is so much unlike myself took a little bit of time to really fall into. This is the first time that I've really gotten the chance to become a character that is pretty harsh and even comes across as a little mean sometimes.
What has been the most rewarding?
The fact that I was blessed with an outstanding cast and crew for this production! I think my fellow cast members would agree with me when I say that we've made friendships during this process that will continue to grow even after this show has had it's final curtain call.
What can audiences expect when they come to see this show?
Something different from your 'average teen play'. It's a story that basically puts your emotions on a rollercoaster ride, that catapults you back in time. Whether you are laughing in certain moments and crying during others, the one thing that is for sure is that when you leave the theatre after the show, you won't soon forget this play.
What are your thoughts on Chicago Street Theatre and the opportunities it provides for teen actors?
Chicago Street Theatre is the best theatre that I have come across. Everyone involved here is the most welcoming group of people that I've ever had the pleasure of working with. As far as the opportunities for teen actors, CST is the place to go. Not only do they have a teen-based play to be able to look forward to getting to audition for every year, they also offer classes for teen actors that offer a complete hands-on and affective approach to acting. Plus they're loads of fun!