Coming in May is the Arizona premiere of the children’s musical, Dotty Dot! Two members of the Dotty Dot! cast, Alexxis Briviesca (left) and Mikaela Kemsley (right), are new to the Brelby stage! Get to know Alexxis and Mikaela in this very special episode of Kidz Korner!
April: How did you find out about Brelby?
Alexxis: I find out about Brelby through my old friend, Melissa Kamel. I would always see her adorable face tagged in pictures of their productions on Facebook. I told her how I was interested in getting involved, and she invited me to the Facebook event for the Little Women/Dotty Dot! auditions. I have only ever done educational theatre, so I felt that maybe Brelby would be a great place to get my feet wet. While doing some extensive research, what really captivated my attention were the “My Brelby Story” blog entries. Every single one of them described Brelby as a
family, and how they were each pushed creatively. I knew right then that auditioning was definitely worth a shot.
Mikaela: I actually just did a Google search for auditions in Glendale.
April: How long have you been into theater and what got you involved in the first place?
Alexxis: I am fortunate enough to say that I have been involved with theatre for nine years. I actually was forced by my father when I was eleven to join the Drama Club at my elementary school. After pleading and ignoring the subject, I finally decided to give it a try. If it wasn’t for his encouragement and his $75, I would not be where I am today and probably would have never found a passion for acting in the theatre.
Mikaela: Well… I got my first lead in a musical in third grade. I’ve been doing it ever since. I’ve just always really loved to sing. I used to sing a lot in church and apparently a lot of people told my mom that I had a good voice when I was a kid. I started voice lessons in fifth grade and just ran with it.
April: What has been your favorite part of the rehearsal process?
Alexxis: My favorite part of the rehearsal process is cast bonding. You grow together, strive together, and connect to one another as both your character and yourself. I think what makes a production so successful and worthwhile is when everyone forms a tight bond; this is why I try to get to know everyone the best I can whenever I am in a production.
Mikaela: Getting to know everyone! The people at Brelby are so nice.
April: Which characters do you play in Dotty Dot?
Alexxis: I am playing the wonderful characters of Mrs. Dot and Mary Beth in the Arizona premiere of Dotty Dot.
Mikaela: Jenny and Polka Dot.
April: Which character do you relate to the most?
Alexxis: Each of them has little pieces of me. Mary Beth is so eager to please Dotty because she admires her confidence and ambition. I was definitely like Mary Beth in that sense when I was little and had friends with Dotty’s similar characteristics. Mrs. Dot wants nothing more than for her daughters to find their way. Specifically for Dotty, I feel she wants to prevent her from making the same mistakes she did when she was Dotty’s age. I as Alexxis have had quite the ride with my development as a young actress and woman. I try to take on the role as “mom” with some of my younger friends who are experiencing similar struggles I once had.
Mikaela: I’m actually not sure. So I’ll tell you which one I relate to the least: Bottomless. So jealous of his eating abilities.
April: What is your favorite childhood memory?
Alexxis: Near the Arrowhead mall there used to be this Disney Playhouse for young kids. One day after preschool, my mom picked me up and didn’t tell me where we were going. I don’t quite remember all that happened, but I remember being super surprised, and taking multiple pictures in a Mulan themed photo booth. Then after, I believe she bought me a new Barbie. It was a wonderful day.
Mikaela: I grew up in Connecticut and behind my house there were several miles of uninhabited forest. I also happened to live on a really busy road (our driveway was super long) and people tended to throw crap out of the windows of their cars onto our driveways. My siblings and I started a town in the forest, each of us building our own house. The only rule was that you could only build with stuff people threw on the driveway or stuff you found in the forest. It was so fun. I remember being so proud the morning I went out to wait for the bus and someone had dumped a full stove top and shower curtain on our driveway. I knew I was going to have the best house in Silvermount (the name of our town).
April: Was there a game like musical chairs that you inspired you to be extremely competitive?
Alexxis: Pretty Pretty Princess. I would always cheat to get the crown! My mom would hate to play with me because I would get so upset when she won.
Mikaela: Yes. It was called “eat all of the bacon as fast as you can.” Growing up with nine siblings there was never quite enough food to go around at the dinner table. Every time we had bacon with dinner, my parents would put about ten pieces in the middle of the table. The person who dove for the bacon, put it on their plate for mom and dad to see, and ate it first got the extra piece of bacon. I got super competitive at that one.
April: Did you have a favorite toy? What did it do and did it have a nifty 90’s commercial that went with it? Those are the best.
Alexxis: My favorite toy was a Barbie. Not just one. I had about over 200 Barbie’s that I kept in my chest, and three suitcases worth of clothes for them. One commercial that comes to mind was when the Princess and the Pauper dolls came out. I received both of them for Christmas.
Mikaela: BARBIES BARBIES BARBIES BARBIES. “Be who you wanna be, B-A-R-B-I-E.” My favorite were always the blonde ones with blue eyes (probably because I have blonde hair and blue eyes).
April: What do you hope the audience will take away from their experience with Dotty Dot?
Alexxis: I hope the audience will have a wonderful experience and hopefully find their inner child in each of these characters. They are so many wonderful lessons in this script. One that really has stuck with me is sometimes you make mistakes. Instead of beating yourself up, just stop. Take a breath. And remember… you’re growing.
Mikaela: I hope the adults feel like they are jumping back to the bliss of childhood for a little while. I hope the kids are entertained, and learn about forgiving their friends.
April: The most important question of all: what song keeps getting stuck in your head from Dotty Dot?
Alexxis: “What Do I Want to Eat.” I sing that song every time I am at school figuring out what I want to have for lunch. I have caused some of my friends to actually crave a brownie.
Mikaela: “What Do I Want to Eat?” . . .
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