WHICH SCHOOL YEARS WERE THE WORST FOR YOU? ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE, HIGH SCHOOL? WHY?
Middle School was the hardest. Having just moved from the Pacific Northwest to Colorado and I was this sullen girl with a pixie haircut acting mopey because there wasn't enough rain.... I can honestly understand why no one wanted to be my friend, I was an alien to them.
DID YOU HAVE A BULLY GROWING UP? IF SO HOW DID YOU HANDLE THEM?
In seventh grade there was this group of "mean girls" that followed me around making my life miserable. They decided it would be hilarious to pull my hair tie out, to which I turned and responded "don't do that." and moved to another seat. They did it again, and I said more clearly "please don't touch my hair" and walked away again. At the initiation of the third pull I whipped around and slugged the culprit as hard as I could. My teachers and mother were so proud of me, they nicknamed me "Tyson".
DID YOU EVER TRY RESOLVING YOUR ISSUES WITH BULLYING THROUGH THE POWER OF SONG? THAT SEEMS TO WORK IN MOST MUSICALS
Yeah, it was called "My Knuckles" in A major, Op. 32
WHAT WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT GOAL YOU HAD GROWING UP?
I really wanted to be a performer of some kind. Back then my passion was ballet, then musical theater, then by some freak accident it became viola.
WHAT HAS IT BEEN LIKE WORKING ON "FATTY FATTY NO FRIENDS?"
It's a roller coaster of emotion, every show. There's so much drama that even as I'm performing on the viola I find myself holding back (or failing to hold back) the tears. Even though we create this fantasy world for Fatty, the bullying and violent retaliation are so common in our society that we all can recognize it.
ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
noun vi·o·la \vē-ˈō-lə\