Actress’ Profile: Audrey Kato

Audrey Kato plays the role of Rona Peretti in this year's play, "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee". THE AZTEC/CALLISTA LIU
Audrey Kato plays the role of Rona Peretti in this year’s play, “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”. THE AZTEC/CALLISTA LIU

Q: How long have you been in drama/ involved in it?

A: “Well, I took the class for all 4 years but I started doing productions in my junior year, so it hasn’t been that long.”

Q: What is your role in this play? Have you done any other roles in past plays?

A: “My character’s name is Rona Lisa Peretti so I basically run the whole spelling bee.  I was in Christmas Carol as Mrs. Filbert, who was Scrooge’s maid. It was such an embarrassing role! The next year, I basically had the same character in the play. In The Uninvited, my character was a maid but she was Irish, so I basically had to play the same two characters again.”

Q: In what ways do you relate to your character?

A: “This was a hard one. I guess I can say I’m pretty outgoing. Like my character, I don’t like when things don’t run smoothly.”

Q: Did you originally audition for this character? How did you feel when you got the part?

A: “Yes. I said that if I didn’t want to be this character, then I didn’t want to be in the whole play. I didn’t see myself as playing any other character. All the other characters are children and I don’t think I could be a child.”

Q: How did you prepare for your role?

A: “I had to be “happy” a lot. I had to smile a lot and sometimes, I would frown because I was tired but I couldn’t do that. So, I had to laugh a lot especially when I first get out on stage. That was hard.”

Q: Were there any difficulties when preparing for the play?

A: “Yes, a lot! Because with this musical you’re not really off stage, you have to be on stage all the time and sit there. It’s not like I could do anything. I couldn’t do my homework or go on my phone. I just had to sit there and act like I’m interested, even though I’ve heard it a thousand times. Also, I had college apps, so everything was just crazy.”

Q: How did you balance school/responsibilities with rehearsal?

A: “I had to manage my time really well. It’s why I have a calendar to write everything in.”

Q: What were some memorable moments while preparing for this play?

A: “I think, overall, rehearsing is pretty fun. We have a fun time when we laugh. I think it’s just that if you don’t enjoy rehearsing, then you shouldn’t do it.”

Q: What are some memorable moments you’ve had with drama?

A: “There’s been a lot of memories. Good and bad. There was this one time where my friend Celeste thought she dropped her phone in the bottom of the stage. It was super dusty and she went to go climb under it. She kept climbing and couldn’t find her phone, and when she slowly backed out, her phone was in her pocket the whole time. Another time, I was doing a trust fall on Celeste and she ate bad chicken tenders and when I fell down on her she closed her mouth and started holding [in her throw up]. She went to the restroom and she was throwing up for 30 minutes. She pukes a lot. She’s actually out today because she has food poisoning. She ate the chicken tenders again!”

Q: Is there any advice you would give to future actors/actresses?

A: “Honestly, I’d just say that if you like it, you should just keep doing it. but if you don’t like it, quit now because it’s not going to get any easier.”

Q: Is there anything you would like to say to people attending this play?

A: “I’d probably say to sign up to participate in the spelling bee and just really react to what we’re saying because when we have a quiet audience, it gets really awkward!  so just please react. Give like an “Aww”, a laugh, or a clap. Just anything!”

Joyce Lee

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