All this week, the Livingston Post will be profiling cast members of the Howell High School Performing Arts Department’s production of “The Dining Room.”
Emilly Kasprzak is a 17-year-old senior at Howell High School. The daughter of Zachary and Donna Kasprzak, she has three brothers: Noah, Luke, and Blake. Emily sings in the Howell High School A Capella choir and is in the advanced drama class. She was a student teacher in the Drama 1 class, and is the publicity and recruitment manager for the school’s International Thespian Society. Her hobbies include theater, art and singing, and she plans to work in the mental health field.
The Livingston Post asked her some questions:
How did you get involved with the production?
I have been doing shows with Howell High School since I was in eighth grade when I took the stage as the witch’s minion in the 2017 production of “The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.” Since then I’ve been hooked on the Howell High School performing arts and take every opportunity I can to be involved!
Have you been in any other theatrical productions? If so, what roles did you play?
I’ve been involved in the arts since middle school, when I took part in my first-ever show as an ensemble member in the production of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.” Then in 8th grade, I got a role as a witch’s minion in Howells High School’s production of “The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.” In my freshman year of high school I was cast as an ensemble member in “The Addams Family.” In my sophomore year, I took on two theatrical productions with The Community Theater Of Howell: “The Little Mermaid,” playing a seagull; and “Singing In the Rain,” playing Lina Lamont’s side kick, Zelda Zanders. During junior year I was in Howell High School’s production of “Peter and the Starcatcher” as a pirate!
What do you most enjoy about being part of the production?
The best thing about being in this production is getting the opportunity to get to know every single person in our smaller-than-usual cast, as well as being able to be on stage during these COVID-cautious times, that is truly a blessing.
Who is/are your inspiration(s)? Why?
I know this sounds cheesy, but one of my biggest inspirations would be my dad (Zachary Kasprzak). He is a very hard-working man, and he does everything in his power to make the people around him happy. I’m inspired to help others and work hard the way he does.
What’s your favorite part of the experience of being in the production?
My favorite part of being in the production is the fact that we get to rehearse almost every day after school. I love getting to work alongside some amazing people while forming friendships!
What can audience members expect when they see the show?
There is something for everyone in the dining room! We have so many different stories with all different conflicts and emotions. You want something comedic? Boom, we got it! You want something filled with drama? Boom, we got it! Do you want something romantic? Boom, we got it!
The Howell High School Performing Arts Department presents “The Dining Room” March 18-21, 2021. The production will be presented at 7 p.m. on March 18-20 and at 2 p.m. on March 21. There will also be a live-streamed performance at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 20. Seating is limited to 150 patrons per show, with assigned seats. Tickets are available online at http://bit.ly/2ZGF1HK.