Tatiana Garnett: “I relate to little Inez because I too am not afraid to question things that are generally accepted.”

Junior Tatiana Garnett will be playing the role of Little Inez in this year's production of Hairspray. THE AZTEC/DARWIN TSE.
Junior Tatiana Garnett will be playing the role of Little Inez in this year’s production of Hairspray. THE AZTEC/DARWIN TSE.

Q: What’s your role in the play?
A: I play little Inez.

Q: What was your reaction after you found your role?
A: I was super excited and really surprised

Q: Did you originally chose this role? If not, what did you apply for?
A: I had originally tried out for Motormouth.

Q: Were there any difficulties you have faced during preparation?
A: Yes, actually I had a small solo in this song and to put it lightly. I’m not the best singer. So I had quite a few one-on-one music rehearsals to prepare.

Q: What was the most memorable moment as an actor?
A: The most memorable event was performing Peter Pan in Scotland. There was a disabled kid in the audience who was so invested in the show, it was the coolest thing. He sang along to all the songs and cheered loudly, and it just made me so happy to see him so happy watching us perform.

Q: Was this your first time participating in an act?
A: No, this is my third musical performance.

Q: What are your goals in this event?
A: I guess my ultimate goal is to give the best performance I could possibly give and put on a good show.

Q: How long did you guys prepare for this event?
A: We’ve been rehearsing since the second week of January.

Q: How do you relate to your character when you are acting?
A: My character, Little Inez, is not afraid to question things. One of her lines is, “Why do we always have to dance in the back,” we, being the people of color. I feel like I relate to little Inez because I too am not afraid to question things that are generally accepted. If I don’t agree with something or if I don’t understand something, I’m quick to question it, which I think is a good thing so I’m glad that in the musical Little Inez constantly does it.

Q: How do you feel now after having a few rehearsals compared to the beginning?
A: I’m more confident now after all our rehearsals. I know the show and music extremely well, and I’d say we are all very well prepared for our performance.

Q: Do you have anything to say to your audience?
A: Dear audience, even if you don’t like the show, please cheer loudly. We actors really appreciate it.

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