Few people are brave enough to perform live on stage, acting for large audiences under bright lights.
Senior Kira Zinck has become accustomed to performing having acted since the age of 13 and performing in numerous local plays.
“I started doing theater when I was 13-years-old. One of my friends from Seattle mentored me at a theater camp in Seattle. I got my start doing musical theater and a short little week of plays,” Zinck said. “We all rehearsed songs and [practiced] lines and by the end of the week, we gave a short little half hour [performance] full of songs and lines and all sorts of other things. That really peaked my interest.”
As a performer, Zinck reflects on some of the roles that she has played throughout her acting career.
“My first musical was at the Lakewood Playhouse in Lakewood. I did ‘Oliver’ based on the book ‘Oliver Twist.’ I also did the ‘Children’s Hour’ which is a drama, which was also held at the Lakewood Playhouse,” Zinck said. “It was my first dramatic role not playing as a musical sidekick or anything. I played a character known as Mary Tilford. She is kind of a psychopathic, high school-aged girl in a 1930s private school.”
Hoping to pursue acting in the future, Zinck aims to attend a college with a commendable acting program.
“I would like to go to college to pursue acting—maybe the University of Puget Sound because they have a really great theater program. [I just want] to learn more about acting techniques and maybe comedic timing and more about how to analyze a script,” Zinck said.