Opening night is fast approaching for Jackie Tyler. The Veritas Prep senior is starring as Alice in Christian Youth Theater Phoenix's production of "Alice", a musical adaptation by Jon Lorenz making its Arizona premier at the Mesa Arts Center.
"Alice" is Tyler's 15th show with CYT, having appeared in every production that the Phoenix chapter has done since its opening in 2006. It's also her last role, with graduation and college being her next big productions. Playing Alice has been a bit like peering in the "looking glass" for Tyler, as Alice is also a high school senior. In the show, Alice faces some tough questions about her future, and we asked Tyler to talk about her final CYT role.
Q: In what ways do you personally relate to the character of Alice?
A: Many, many ways. The great thing about this show is how well Jon picked up on the problems all high-schoolers face and has shown them in "Alice." She and I both struggle with the idea that college and life on our own is just around the corner; on top of this, people expect us to know what we want to do, where we want to go and be in ten years, when we don't have a clue! Just like Alice, I want independence, but all that independence includes is daunting.
Q: Which aspects of our culture do you think most strongly influence teens today?
A: Definitely the media. As teens, we are so tuned into the world around us through Facebook, the Internet, TV, twitter, YouTube, whatever! Media and its effects reach into every corner of our lives, and help shape us into the people we are and will be.
Q: What has been your favorite part of the script or production?
A: Oooh, that's hard... This whole show is so fun, I just love it! I'd have to narrow it down to two scenes: Vani-Tea and the Jabberwocky scene. Vani-Tea is just a crazy, crazy fun scene to do! It's so hard to keep from laughing, because its just so funny! I'm jealous of the audience because they get to watch the craziness unfold, I just help make the crazy! I love Jabberwocky because of how deep of a scene it is. The Jabberwock represents your fears and problems in life, and in this scene, Alice's fears are personified and she fights and defeats her "Jabberwock", just like each of us must do in our lives. The symbolism is great, along with the music, it's just a fantastic scene!
Details>> "Alice" opens May 11th at the Mesa Arts Center and runs weekends through May 20. For more information, visit www.cytphoenix.org.