Courtesy of Chloe Bassett
Devils’ Advocate: What role are you playing in this year’s musical?
Chloe Bassett: This year I’m Marie, the fairy godmother.
DA: How long have you been acting?
CB: I’ve been acting since I was in fourth grade. It’s so hard to remember though because my very first show was in fourth grade, but then I took a break right after.
DA: Why did you audition for the musical?
CB: I actually didn’t make the musical until my sophomore year. Ever since then, I have just been setting goals for myself of what I want to accomplish in each musical. And each year the music is great, the people are great, and the experience is great, so it just motivates me to come back.
DA: What were the auditions like?
CB: This year we had to choose one of four songs that were already chosen, and I was really glad that song choices were provided because personally I’m really bad at choosing songs that are best for me, so this just made the audition process less stressful for me.
DA: Is there anything special you did to prepare for the auditions?
CB: Other than preparing and practicing my monologue and song, I bought the whole “Cinderella” album and just listened to it nonstop. I listened to the audition song, which for me was from “Bye Bye Birdie”, in the shower. It was just a lot of listening to music.
DA: How are you feeling about performing in “Cinderella”?
CB: I’m a little nervous just because I haven’t actually had a prominent lead role since eighth grade. So it’s been four years since I’ve been a lead, but it’s exciting because I’m also excited to go out with one big final awesome performance with all my friends. I’m also going into acting after high school too, and because you have to work your way up in the acting world, I’m assuming it’s going to be a while until I get any sort of lead role again. Overall, it’s exciting. Of course I’m a little nervous, but mostly excited.
DA: Have you been in any shows with Central before? What were they like?
CB: In my years here at Central I’ve done between eight or nine shows; I’ve lost count of exactly how many though. I’ve also performed in non-school theatre programs such, as BAM Theatre.
DA: What has been your favorite theatre experience thus far?
CB: I really enjoyed performing in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” with BAM. My other favorite experience was our last play “Metamorphoses” because it was just so much fun and so cool.
DA: What’s your favorite show or musical that you have gone to see?
CB: My favorite musical is “Hamilton” and my favorite production is “Wicked”.
DA: What type of music have you been listening to recently?
CB: Recently, I’ve really just been listening to the “Cinderella” soundtrack because I’m just trying to get ready for the show.
DA: Which Disney/ fairytale character are you most like?
CB: I think I’m most like Mulan or Snow White. I love Mulan, but I think I look the most like Snow White and probably act like her too sometimes.