2019, Arts and Review, Senior Spotlight (Paige), March, Azaula

Mamma Mia Senior Spotlight: Paige Remillard
by Grace Azaula, 2020 (posted 3-25-19)

CHS senior Paige Remillard has been working tirelessly on her final performance at Cheshire High: Mamma Mia! She is playing Rosie, one of Donna’s spunky, hilarious friends. After dedicating four years to the CHS drama department, Paige reflects back on her time in the program, while also giving us some much-desired insight on the current production.

What is the best part about this year's musical?

This is a hard question because there are so many amazing things about this year's musical. However, if I were to pinpoint what I think the best part is, I would have to say it is the closeness between the actors. The unique and incredibly strong bond that we share together has translated on the stage. It is really something special to play characters that are close to each other in the musical with people that are actually a lot of my best friends in real life. I have found that the chemistry, innate comfort level, and ability to truly connect with my fellow actors on stage has been heavily influenced by my friendships with them. This musical is a “happily ever after” story where everything works out perfectly in the end, and people have each other's backs. I think its a story of true friendship and faith in everything working out. It is so nice to act in this storyline as it reminds us all to take bits of it with us in our own lives.

How do you feel about your character? Are they similar to you? Different?

I love my character, Rosie. I am honestly having a blast playing her. She is the perfect mix of hilarious, sensitive, confident, rambunctious, and free-spirited. She is the both the voice of reason for her friends, but also the one who often reminds them how much fun they can have. She takes on the “sentimental” role as well as the “funny” one. She is not afraid to speak her truth. While she can be a bit guarded, she opens herself up and completely embraces her boldness, especially towards the end of the musical, when she pursues her love interest, Bill. I am similar to Rosie in a lot of ways. For one, I can relate to her islandy-vibe, down to earth personality, her soft and sentimental side, the immense value she places on her friendships, and her quirky and silly side; as we both love a good laugh with the people we love. We also are not afraid to act silly sometimes. I am also different from Rosie, as she is much more boldly independent and able to say pretty much what she thinks without thinking too much about it!

How has this production been different from past shows?

This production has a magic to it that is really unique. With it’s “happily ever after” outcome, it is a reminder of what is important in life: our relationships, finding ourselves, working hard and enjoying life, etc. In addition, this musical is different in the sense that it is driven by song a lot of the time. The songs play a large role in plot development. It is really cool to incorporate a lot of acing into our singing and dancing.

What’s your favorite song in the show?

Now this is a tough one! I would have to say that my favorite song in the musical is “Dancing Queen”. It’s just so much fun to sing and dance to!! I do “have the time of my life” each time we perform it!

Why should people come see Mamma Mia?

People should come see Mamma Mia because it really does live up to the expectation that people have after watching the movie. It speaks friendship, fun, and discovering oneself. From acting, to singing, to dance, to costumes and set design, this show is so strong all the way around. And most of all, we have such a blast performing it, I think that that energy will be contiguous and really pull in the audience. It is so happy and upbeat!!

What will you miss the most about CHS Drama?

I am going to miss CHS Drama SO much. I have not only learned so much about myself through this program; how to take risks, believe in yourself, have a passion, but I have created connections that have changed my life. I have found my best friends through this program. And Ms. DeMeo has truly been an amazing mentor for me, and her encouragement and belief in me is a large part of my journey here at CHS Drama. So what I will miss most is seeing my theater family every day and being able to create great work with them.

If you could give one piece of advice to your younger cast mates what would you say?

If I could give one piece of advice to my younger cast mates, it would honestly be to “take it all in” and be present. I know that this sounds like a common piece of advice, but it couldn't be more true, and crucial. Before you know it you are a senior! No matter what your role is, how much experience you have, or how young you are, please don’t forget to really cherish your time here. Be grateful for every opportunity, friendship, performance, song, dance. We are really lucky to have this in our lives.

Makes sure to come support Paige and the rest of the cast and crew in Mamma Mia! on April 4th, 5th, and 6th! It's a show you won't want to miss!

Grace Azaula (Class of 2020),
Mar 25, 2019, 5:26 AM