Friday, December 11, 2015

Julietta Blogs: An Interview with Amanda Maxwell

Amanda Maxwell
Before seeing Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, I got to interview Amanda Maxwell, who is also a BACT teacher. She played three characters: the Baroness, a hair cutter, and a factory worker. She has been acting since she was 6 years old. The first time she was on a stage was in a song from The Wizard Of Oz, where she was Dorothy, and she has been acting ever since. The most characters she has played was in this play. She has played one character with many costume changes, but she has never been this many characters before. She likes being lots of characters better than being only one character because she gets to be more creative and because she just gets to be more characters in one play. Her favorite character she has been in this show is the Baroness. Her favorite scene is the end where the baroness and the baron get captured because everything is crazy onstage!

Julietta with the Baroness!
After the interview, I was excited to look for the characters Amanda plays. She had to change costumes between scenes, and most times change to the Baroness, since that character is in lots of scenes. She is really good at acting, and not only did she change her costume, but she also changed her voice. It looked hard being the Baroness because she has lots of lines that seem hard to remember. I have seen other BACT plays and usually there is a small cast and all of them play lots of characters. In this play there was a big cast, and still all of them had played multiple characters, like Amanda did. That's what I like about watching BACT plays, because the actors are really great at being their characters.
There are only two weekends left of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! December 12-13 in Berkeley and December 19-20 in San Ramon. Click here to get your tickets before this show flies away!

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