Coming in May is the Arizona premiere of the children’s musical, Dotty Dot! Two additional members of the Dotty Dot! cast, Kaylah Kermode (left) and April Rideout (right), can be seen regularly around Brelby. Get to know Kaylah and April in this second episode of Kidz Korner!
How did you find out about Brelby?
Kaylah: I found out about Brelby from my friend Perry at GCU. I went with him, Melody Chrispen, and Kristina to see Prodigy. Gosh, that was back in 2013!
April: There was a Durant posting for Through the Mist in August of 2013. It reminded me of my favorite book, Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce. I auditioned and was fortunate to be apart of the cast. I’ve been coming back ever since.
How long have you been into theater and what got you involved in the first place?
Kaylah: I used to love performing as a kid from dancing to singing with Disney movies. I had wanted to try it, but I got made fun of for doing it by the other kids. I didn’t care. I joined the drama club for one semester in 5th grade. After that, I didn’t do anything, but choir up until high school. My freshman year, we were forced to audition for the school musical. I never thought I would get cast, but I did and I fell in love. After that, I dedicated a lot of my time to theatre and the performing arts. Now, I am pursuing it as a career. So, I have been performing for 15 years and I have been doing theatre for 6 and half years.
April: I have been involved in theater since the fifth grade. So, that would translate roughly to 13-14 years. I got involved by being bribed to audition for my fifth grade musical, The Wizard of Oz, by my dad. You can read more about that in my first Rambling Ideals blog.
What has been your favorite part of the rehearsal process?
Kaylah: Unfortunately, I have been separating my time for rehearsals with the writer’s circle meetings for Beyond Musketeers (which I wouldn’t trade for the world), but I think it has been how everyone gets along so effortlessly and slips so easily into the roles they are playing. I am surrounded by an amazingly talented cast. Being able to watch some of us play the same characters and see their version has been really awesome.
April: I have enjoyed the challenge of learning two roles at once. It makes my brain work overtime, but no pain, no game. The cast is really fun to work off of and it’s always fun to see everyone’s competitive side especially in a game like musical chairs.
Which characters do you play in Dotty Dot?
Kaylah: I am lucky enough to play the characters Jenny, who is Dotty’s best friend, and Mary Beth, who is a little outside the box.
April: I play Mrs. Dot, Dotty’s mom, and Polka Dot, Dotty’s 8-year old sister.
Which character do you relate to the most?
Kaylah: I guess Mary Beth and a cross between Jenny and Bottomless. I can be very loud, goofy, and I wouldn’t say abrasive, but insistent like Mary Beth. I also grew up as Jenny in my childhood – the quiet bookworm that loved to stay in the background and follow directions. I also loved to eat as a kid.Those two were definitely a mash-up of who I was a kid. But, as an adult, I am definitely Mary Beth.
April: I relate to Jenny. I am a bit quieter and tend to follow rather than lead. I am loyal to my friends and I enjoy contributing to artistic endeavors as Jenny does when she helps Dotty with her play. I also love to write.
What is your favorite childhood memory?
Kaylah: I didn’t have a lot of friends growing up. I played a lot of sports and danced, but I had very few friends. Some of my favorite memories though were performing songs and dances with my best friend, Daniel, in my room for our stuffed animals and action figures. Because we could.
April: The first time I saw snow. We went to my grandparents’ cabin and it had snowed overnight. I was so astonished by this phenomenon I couldn’t believe both the front and backyard was covered with the stuff.
Did you enjoy dress up? If so, who did you like to dress up as?
Kaylah: Oh my goodness, I adored dressing up as a kid!!! Halloween was my favorite holiday besides Christmas growing up. Another confession: I hate dresses and skirts. Like a lot. I was always forced to wear them for dance. So, I would dress up like G.I. Joe or Spinelli from “Recess”. Anything with pants.
April: Disney Princesses. I strayed outside of that realm when I was Esmeralda once, but I loved the allure of pretending to be royalty for a brief period of time.
How would you handle having a bossy friend like Dotty?
Kaylah: Oh man. As an adult, I am still a little quiet in my personality, so I would probably only let a person like that take it so far before I let them know that they were being a brat. As a kid, I would probably have been to scared to say anything, so they would walk all over me.
April: When I was younger, I would have let Dotty push me around no questions asked. Now, I stand up for myself, but I would do it in such a way that it is not rude or spiteful.
Which is cooler: cowboys or astronauts?
Kaylah: Oh gosh. Ummmm… I never really thought about this….. I like elves? Ummm…. I would probably have to go with…. cowboys. They get to have shootouts, drink sarsaparilla, and ride horses. I am not a fan of the intense heat or dust, but I do like horses and flannel. Sorry anti-gravity and science.
April: I think I am obligated to say astronauts because of my ties to my former job. What can be more exciting than exploring the final frontier?
What was your favorite snack to eat after school as a kid?
Kaylah: When I was a kid, my grandma used to make fruit platters for me when I came home before I had dinner or practice. But, every once in a while, I would get pizza rolls. That was my favorite on days I was reading a book or doing my homework and I could smell the pizza sauce cooking in the microwave. I would leave a trail of dust trying to get to the kitchen table before the timer went off. That was probably why I had so many bruises on my knees, shins and elbows.
April: Salted pretzels with cheese. My mom would get that for me when my brother was in his piano lesson.
April: What do you hope the audience will take away from their experience with Dotty Dot?
Kaylah: I really hope that it not only leaves children smiling and singing, but parents smiling. It is such a cute and adorable show. And hopefully, they will all want a chocolate-y snack afterwards.
April: It’s okay to make mistakes, but you have to think of how your actions will impact others. Also, that’s completely acceptable to go out and do something artistic just for the fun of it. Be quirky.
April: The most important question of all: what song keeps getting stuck in your head from Dotty Dot?
Kaylah: Oh my gosh….. Can I say all of them? Is that a reasonable answer? Each song is so catchy. Lately, it has been “Do You Like Me?” This was my younger self’s theme song. It has been stuck in my head (along with the other songs) since callbacks. I don’t think I will ever get rid of them.
April: I really love “Growing Up.” The song is beautiful and I love the message that it conveys. To think and reflect before you act. Plus, the song is a lovely testament to the relationships of mothers and daughters.
Dotty Dot! opens on May 1st and runs in rep with Little Women. The performances dates and times are:
Friday, May 1st @ 5:00 PM
Thursday, May 7th @ 5:00 PM
Friday, May 8th @ 5:00 PM
Saturday, May 9th @ 2:00 PM
Friday, May 15th @ 5:00 PM
Friday, May 22nd @ 5:00 PM
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at http://brelby.com/2015-season-tickets/, calling the Box Office or at the door.
Box Office – (623) 282-2781