I want to try acting for the rest of my life so I can become one of those actors that are really good. I want to just keep on acting until I feel like, you know what, too much! I don’t feel like I’m enjoying this anymore; I’m just doing this for fame and money, not for my enjoyment.
That’s Eloise. Child actor, big sister, and my incredible daughter with a memory like a steel trap. She spent the summer working on her first professional play with Different Stages Theatre Company in Austin, Texas. I wanted to capture her pure connection to playing characters when playing pretend was still an instinct instead of a distant, adult memory.
A question to our listeners: What should we do with the memorabilia from her performances? Does anyone have a scrapbook they’ve done to give us ideas on how to showcase all of her programs, thank you notes, etc? Tag me @chattycrafties on Instagram and Twitter!
Some names we mentioned during the podcast: Clayton Stromberger is the On-campus Coordinator of the Shakespeare at Winedale Outreach program. Mr. Park is Eloise’s AMAZING 3rd grade teacher (what up, Mr. P!) A Doll’s House (by Henrik Ibsen) was a Different Stages production, directed by Norman Blumensadt. Kelsey Smith (Episode 31) told us about the audition for child actors. Catie Williams (@catieelaine) played Nora Helmer, and was mentioned during the “dah doo” vocal exercises. Emily Villarreal (@thatsmissemily) played Kristine Linde and showed Eloise tongue twisters.
Different Stages’ A DOLL’S HOUSE is an Excellent Rendering of the Ibsen Classic by Broadway World: “An unexpected highlight of the production is the performances of Eloise Norton and Anuart Zarate as the Helmer children. Commendably, these young actors pick up cues quickly and play their roles with enthusiasm.” (June 27, 2019) by Lacey Cannon Gonzales
Review: A Doll’s House by Different Stages by CTX Live Theatre (July 2, 2019) by Michael Meigs