Dinosaurs Before Dark KIDS Actor Spotlight – Willa Briggs as Otto/Troodon/Baby Dinosaur

photo by Rob Storrs
photo by Rob Storrs

Q: What has been your favorite moment during rehearsals of The Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark, KIDS production class so far?

WB: When we all get on the stage for the very first time.

Q: Who is your favorite character in the show?

WB: I like my character, because Otto answers the questions of the saplings.

Q: What’s your favorite song from the show?

WB: “How Far Can You See”

Q: Is this your first time appearing in a play?

WB: No. I’ve been in many plays, like The Jungle Book and The Little Mermaid, Willy Wonka, The King & I, and The Christmas that Almost Wasn’t.

Q: What are some similarities and differences between you and your character(s)?

WB: I am not a tree, but I do like answering questions, and I like to talk.

Q: What do you think your parents will say when they see you onstage in this show?

WB: I think they’ll think “Awesome!”

Q: Have you made any new friends during this production?

WB: Yes. David and Leilani, and I’m friends with lots of others I knew before.

Q: Why do you think people should come see Parkway Playhouse Junior’s The Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark, KIDS performance?

WB: Well, my favorite part is that they say, “I wish we could go there,” and then they do. That is not a regular day.

Q: Do you have anything else you’d like folks to know?

WB: I like to draw.

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