Amanda Riffe takes on the role of Ronnette- Musical Q&A

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Amanda Riffe

Role: Ronnette

What are you most excited about?

“I am most excited for everyone to meet the characters and dive into the world of Skid Row. We have been preparing and exploring our characters for weeks, and I can’t wait for everyone to experience what we have created.”

What makes you fit your role so well?

“I think I fit Ronnette so well because she has this misunderstood vibe to her. She doesn’t do things like a lot of other people, and she is very innovative in difficult situations.”

What is your favorite part about being involved in musical?

“My favorite part of musical is the people. My fellow cast-mates and the amazing directors have made this experience unbelievable. Their encouragement and passion for theater are what push me to be even better each practice.”

What should the audience be excited for?

“The audience should be excited about many surprises. I don’t think we have ever done a show like this before. It has a very dark humor, but it also has a very relevant message for all ages. Expect surprises!”

What is your favorite part of your role?

“My favorite part of my role is playing someone who is different than me. Ronnette is not a cookie-cutter high school role but a very sassy and confident girl with a story to tell. I feel very honored to be able to bring her to life and explore her point of view.”

What similarities are there between you and your character?

“Ronnette and I are similar in the fact that we are both finding ourselves still. We know who we are and what we want, but we have not yet reached our full potential and found our niche in life.”

What other activities/clubs do you participate in besides theater?

“With my time after school, I volunteer at my church. I sing in the main services as well as sing and play in the band in the different youth services most weekends. I also take voice lessons and play guitar and piano.”

Do you think theater has affected your overall high school experience? Why or why not?

“Theater has helped me to be more open and extroverted. The directors are very wise in how to bring out the very best in people. They have believed in me more than I ever believed in myself, and that has helped me to be so much more confident. The things I have learned transcend into many other facets of my life as well. It has helped me in public speaking, singing, dancing, acting, and aided me in coming out of my shell.”

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