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The Kids of Gypsy

It wouldn’t be Gypsy without the kids! We asked our cast of talented kid actors a few questions about the show and their own background in acting.

Fun Fact: There are two separate casts that perform on alternating nights.  They selected names for themselves - “The Moostache Cows” and “The Gypsy Fives”.

Version 3Gabriella Dimmick,  Age 10, Baby June

Hometown: La Mesa
What other shows have you performed in? The Sound of Music at SDMT and How the Grinch Stole Christmas at The Old Globe plus some free baby photo contest
What are you most excited about? Dancing and singing in the show.
What is your dream Broadway role? Annie in Annie
Who is your favorite theatre actor/actress? Bets Malone
How did you get involved in theatre? I was in The Nutcracker at the Civic Theatre when I was 4!
What would be one surprising thing to learn about you? I want to grow up to be a famous inventor.

Emily_Bautista_headshotEmily Sade Bautista, Age 11, Baby Louise

Hometown: Chula Vista
Is this your first professional theatre experience? I was in How the Grinch Stole Christmas at The Old Globe last year.
What are you most excited about? Getting to know the cast and learning from them. I cannot wait to be on stage!
What do you like most about the show? I like Mama Rose’s attitude and songs. And my Uncle Sam costume!
What is your dream Broadway role? Eliza from Hamilton
Who is your favorite theatre actor/actress? Lin-Manuel Miranda and Idina Menzel
How did you get involved in theatre? I love music and acting and I asked my parents to sign me up to audition for a show.
What would be one surprising thing to learn about you? On the day I was born, my Dad had the #2 song on the Billboard charts. I was given a record plaque as a memory from the label.

Claire Scheper Headshot CygnetClaire Scheper, Age 12, Baby Louise 

Hometown: Crown Point
Is this your first professional theatre experience?  I was in White Christmas at SDMT for several seasons.
What are you most excited about? The cast and artistic team.
Had you seen any productions of Gypsy?
I haven’t but I love the songs and music.
What is your dream Broadway role? Elpaba in Wicked
Who is your favorite theatre actor/actress? Beth Malone
How did you get involved in theatre? Through my friends and vocal coach.
What would be one surprising thing to learn about you? I am weirdly and freakishly strong.

IMG_1081Matthew Garbacz, Age 11, News Boy

Is this your first professional theatre experience? I was in Les Miserable with Theatre Royal.
What are you most excited about? Meeting new people and doing work with a new company.
Have you seen any productions of Gypsy? Never seen!
What is your dream Broadway role? One of the boys in Matilda.
Who is your favorite theatre actor/actress? Matthew Morrison
How did you get involved in theatre? My brother Luke always went to rehearsals and I had to come along.
What would be one surprising thing to learn about you? I like Jazz music.

DSC_1423Sophia Dimmick, Age 12, Balloon Girl

Hometown: La Mesa
Is this your first professional theatre experience? How the Grinch Stole Christmas at The Old Globe and South Pacific at The Welk
What are you most excited about? Being in a Cygnet production and wearing balloons on my costume.
What do you like most about the show? I have watched the movie and love all the quirky musical numbers Rose thought up.
What is your dream Broadway role? Glinda in Wicked
Who is your favorite theatre actor/actress? Robert Townsend
How did you get involved in theatre? I was in The Nutcracker in at the Civic when I was 6 and then cast in a Junior Theatre show.
What would be one surprising thing to learn about you? I have been playing the harp since I was 5.

Hourie_Klijian_2016_071Hourie Klijian, Age 12, Balloon Girl

What other shows have you performed in? I was in Les Miz at Lamb’s and How the Grinch Stole Christmas at The Old Globe
What are you most excited about? Working with so many talented people.
What do you like most about Gypsy?  I love the score.
What is your dream Broadway role? Milly in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Who is your favorite theatre actor/actress? Steve Blanchard
How did you get involved in theatre? My voice coach encouraged it.
What would be one surprising thing to learn about you? I love ABBA!

Giovanni Cozic may2016Giovanni Cozic, Age 10, News Boy

What other shows have you performed in? I was in Up Here at La Jolla Playhouse and How the Grinch Stole Christmas at The Old Globe
What are you most excited about? To be in a show where I work with adults and a new theatre. And I can walk to rehearsal!
Had you seen any productions of Gypsy? No but I read the script and love Mama Rose.
What is your dream Broadway role? Bruce in Matilda
Who is your favorite theatre actor/actress? Lin-Manuel Miranda
How did you get involved in theatre? My brother was involved so I quit soccer and got involved in theatre instead.
What would be one surprising thing to learn about you? I love history and love to cook.

Catalina_Zelles_headshotCataline Jewel Zelles, Age 8, Baby June

Hometown: Oceanside
What other shows have you performed in?
How the Grinch Stole Christmas at The Old Globe and Fiddler on the Roof at The Welk|
What are you most excited about? Working with Sean Murray and Cygnet. Also, I hope to get to twirl the baton.
Have you seen any productions of Gypsy? I’ve seen the movie and I love the music.
What is your dream Broadway role? Matilda, Elpaba, Tracy Turnblad.
Who is your favorite theatre actor/actress? Idina Menzel
How did you get involved in theatre? I was in the tour of Beauty and the Beast when I was 2. My Dad, Mom and Nana were in it!
What would be one surprising thing to learn about you? I love Shakespeare and won Best Actres at SD Shakespeare Festival the last 3 years.

JJosh_Bradford_Headshotosh Bradford, Age 12, Newsboy, MC

Hometown: Vista
What other shows have you performed in? I was in Wizard of Oz, Tommy and Music Man and Moonlight and How the Grinch Stole Christmas at The Old Globe
What are you most excited about? Making new friends
What is your dream Broadway role? Gabs, Next to Normal
Who is your favorite theatre actor/actress? Jonathan Groff
How did you get involved in theatre? I have two brothers who are also professional actors.

Scotty Atienza - headshot 1Scotty Atienza, Age 12, Newsboy

Hometown: Chula Vista
What other shows have you performed in? Les Miz, Festival of Christmas and How the Grinch Stole Christmas at The Old Globe
What are you most excited about? Working with Cygnet
What is your dream Broadway role? The Phantom
Who is your favorite theatre actor/actress? Johnny Depp
How did you get involved in theatre? Christian Youth Theatre
What would be one surprising thing to learn about you? I can do multiple accents.