Monday, May 23, 2016

Young Performer Spotlight: Madison Jones and Lina Singh

by A.J. Magoon

How much do you know about the Young Performers on our stage? First Stage is far from the only thing they do; beyond their acting talent, they’re busy with numerous other activities, hobbies, and interests! Spend some time getting to know the two talented actors playing Julius in LILLY’S PURPLE PLASTIC PURSE:
Madison Jones, student and 'Plastic' cast member.
Nine-year-old Madison Jones plays Julius in the ‘Plastic’ cast. This is her first show with First Stage, but she’s been an Academy student since she was 4. Madison loves First Stage – she looks forward to becoming an Academy Intern and was named our May Student of the Month! She belongs to two choirs outside of First Stage and has many other interests as well: singing, dancing, drawing, texting, swimming, playing with her stuffed tiger Alissa, and especially cooking! She wants to be a chef when she grows up and open a restaurant in New York City; in her words, “When I’m cooking, it’s just me, the stove, the food and my imagination!”

Lina Singh as Julius. Photo by Paul Ruffolo Photography
Our Julius from the ‘Purple’ cast is Lina Singh. Lina is an 8-year-old second-grader who sure isn’t the baby at home – she’s a big sister to her brother, Oscar, and her dog, Nancie! This is Lina’s first show with First Stage, but she’s also been in 101 DALMATIANS and SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK at North Shore Academy of the Arts. She loves singing, playing outside, spending time with her family, learning about geography and history, and smoothies! Lina says that one thing she learned from LILLY’S PURPLE PLASTIC PURSE was “to be LOUD on stage. Marcy Kearns told me to try and get louder and louder and now I'm louder than I ever thought I could be."

LILLY’S PURPLE PLASTIC PURSE continues through June 12. Come by and catch these little mice in action!

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