2015 March, Arts&Reviews, Senior Theater Spotlight: Julia Torok, Kaur

Senior Theater Spotlight: Julia Torok
by Simran Kaur, 2018 (posted 3-19-16)

Julia Torok, 2016, is cast to play the lead role of Mary Poppins in the musical tonight. For those who aren’t familiar with the production, Ms. Poppins is a charismatic and stern nanny who uses magic to entertain the kids she oversees. Torok will not only be taking on the usual challenges of acting, singing, and dancing, she will also be flying! Torok is very ecstatic about playing this challenging role that and bring her own Ms. Poppins to the CHS stage.

Q: How does it feel to be Mary Poppins?

A: It's really cool, I like it a lot. It's interesting because she has a lot of qualities that I find similar to myself but there are a lot of things different about her that's magical. She is perfect and it’s very interesting for me to explore that.

Q: Is this role different from any other role you played before?

A: Well, I have been playing villains in the school shows, so she is different be
cause she is the good guy. It's great to be the good guy for once and not the one that everyone hates all the time.

Q: How do you feel about flying for your part this year?

A: I'm excited! I’m not afraid of heights; a lot of people asked if I was scared of heights, but we will see when they lift me up in the air. I'm really excited to see how everything turns out, but I think the flying will bring a magical element to the show and I think it will be a lot of fun.

Q: What do you think is the hardest part of being Mary Poppins?

A: Mary Poppins is “practically perfect” in every way and I am not, so it's interesting to play a character who is inhumane in a way. She has no flaws, so I think the hardest part of being Mary Poppins is always looking like I know the answers when in reality I don't have all the answers.

Q: As a senior, what will you miss the most about being part of the drama club program?

A: I'll miss the people the most. Obviously the shows we do are a lot of fun and getting to be on stage doing what I love is a lot of fun, but the reason why this program is so special and the reason it is what it is, is because of the people who are here and are part of it and make it. Whether it's the directors, cast mates, stage managers, everyone who contributes to the show is what I'll miss most.

Photo Courtesy Simran Kaur