Kids and Theatre: Q&A with a Talented Tween Performer

Parker Barry


Pilar is a 12-year-old middle-schooler in the San Francisco Bay Area who is a talented musical theatre performer and vocalist. She talked with Toca Magazine about how she got into theatre and how other kids can get involved.

Toca Magazine: You’ve been involved in theatre for more than half of your life. How did you get started?

Pilar: I first got involved with theatre when I was 5 years old and I performed as Ariel in a local production of The Little Mermaid. I thought it was super fun. I asked my parents to sign me up for the next production, Peter Pan, and I was ecstatic to start the next theatrical journey.

Toca Magazine: At what point did you know you had that special spark?

Pilar: I first noticed that musical theatre would be more than just a hobby when I was performed in The Little Mermaid. After the show I told my family,  “I want to do this for the rest of my life.”

Toca Magazine: What advice would you give kids and their parents about getting involved in theatre when there aren’t many acting classes in their school or community?

Pilar: Kids can go to their local library and find monologues or play scripts to recite to themselves or family members and can form acting or performing playgroups with friends and neighbors. They can also check out or rent popular musicals that have been filmed and put on DVD.

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