Kara Chuang: “When I’m playing [Peter Pan], I have to be really high energy all the time.”

 

Junior Kara Chuang stars as Peter Pan in this year's musical.
Junior Kara Chuang stars as Peter Pan in this year’s musical. Photo by Rodolfo Arias.

Q: How did you feel when you were told you got the role of Peter Pan? A: I was actually really shocked. I hadn’t expected to get the role at all. I was originally going to try out for Wendy & Tiger Lily but then the day of the audition I was like, “what have i got to lose” and I made the last minute decision to try out for Peter as well.

Q: What is the most difficult/stressful part of playing the role of Peter Pan?
A: Aside from the 9:30 rehearsals, I think it’s the fact that the role of Peter Pan is so high energy because he’s an adventurous young boy. When I’m playing him I have to be really high energy all the time, so by the end of the first act I’m drained. And I have to do it 6 days a week so it kills.

Q: What’s your favorite scene from the play?
A: I really like this one scene where Tiger Lily is being captured and I save her by pretending to be hook. So it’s like my mouth is moving but Samir is actually saying the words from off stage, like a ventriloquist.

Kara Chuang in her Peter Pan costume during rehearsal.
Kara Chuang in her Peter Pan costume during rehearsal. Photo by Darwin Tse.

Q: Have you ever been in a Mark Keppel theatre production before? If so when and what character did you play?
A: I’ve been in haunted auditorium all 3 years, I’ve been in the senior one acts. Freshman year I played a Kleptomaniac & a mime in Check Please, last year I was Naomi in Naomi in the Living Room. For mainstage productions I was an ensemble member for Flower Drum Song, last year I was a villager and Babette for Beauty and the Beast

Q: If you could have any super power what would it be?
A: Probably the ability to read minds

Q: Do you participate in any extra curricular activities?
A: I juggle being on the soccer team, a rocketry team, NHS board stuff, and Girl Scouts.

Q: What do you think is the most interesting thing about the musical?
A: I think the whole flying thing is gonna be really cool. We’ve never done anything like that so I’m looking forward to being strapped up and thrown across the auditorium

Q: Is there anything you would like to say to the audience?
A: Enjoy the performance!

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