Any minute, we’ll be getting closer, and we’ll be where we want to be! Which is right here at Part 5 of the TheatreBloom exclusive interview series, “A Little More Homework.” Sitting down with Margaret Hamilton, we get the skinny on Molly and being Patrice’s understudy.
Hi Margaret, thanks for sitting with us. If you’d like to introduce yourself, we’ll get going.
Margaret Hamilton: My name is Margaret Hamilton, and I play Molly and Patrice’s understudy. I go to Hamilton Elementary and Middle School. I’m in sixth grade and I’m twelve.
Is this your first time doing theatre?
What shows have you done before you became a part of 13: The Musical?
Margaret: I’ve done one more show with this group, I did Oliver! and I was in the ensemble. I’ve done Annie but that was at my camp. I played Pepper, Drake, and Annie’s understudy.
Would you say that the kids in this show are a lot like the kids at your middle school?
Margaret: Ha. No. Not at all. My middle school isn’t like this.
How are you and Molly similar and how are you and Molly different?
Margaret: Wow, that’s actually a hard question. Well, Molly is one of the cheerleaders, so I guess we’re sort of similar there because I’m pretty athletic. I’m not a cheerleader but I do know a lot of gymnastics. I do dance too.
Molly is one of the popular kids?
Margaret: Yes. She is.
Are you one of the popular kids at school?
Do you like being popular?
Margaret: I don’t know. I’m not really popular. I mean, I kind of am. I’m popular among my friends.
What is your favorite subject in school?
Margaret: My favorite subject is probably science. We’re doing a new chemistry unit and I like chemistry a lot.
When you are not in school and you’re not doing theatre, what do you like to do with your free time?
Margaret: I like to play with my sister a lot. She’s nine, she’s younger than me, and she was in Oliver! last year too.
This show talks about bullying. How do you feel about bullying?
Margaret: I don’t like it at all.
This show also talks about labels. How do you feel about labels?
Margaret: I don’t like them either. We need to do more to keep people from bullying each other and labeling each other.
What has been the most challenging part about being in this show?
Margaret: Memorizing! The lines are kind of hard and there are kind of a lot of them.
What is your favorite song?
Margaret: Well I’d have to say that it’s the song that I’m in “It Can’t Be True.” It’s this song about Lucy making up gossip about Kendra and Evan being together. Molly is totally a gossip.
Do you have a favorite scene in the show?
Margaret: I like the scene that happens around “Terminal Illness” because it’s really funny.
What would you say being a part of this show has taught you about yourself?
Margaret: That I’m not like one of those kids. I’m not mean, or gossipy, and I don’t bully people.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Margaret: I want to be an obstetrician and gynecologist. I really just want to deliver babies when I’m older. My mom’s a nurse and I really like babies.
What do you think people are going to learn from seeing this show?
Margaret: I hope they’ll notice the bullying and see that it’s not a good thing to let happen and maybe learn to not do it.
Why do you want people to come see you in the show?
Margaret: I don’t know, I look really bad in the photo, but the show is really fun and we’re all having a really good time.
13: The Musical opens on May 13, 2016 and plays through May 22, 2016 with Third Wall Productions at the Episcopal Church of the Messiah— 5801 Hartford Road in Baltimore’s Hamilton neighborhood. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 443-838-4064 or purchasing them online.
To read Part 1 of “A Little More Homework” featuring Taylor Casalena, click here.
To read Part 2 of “A Little More Homework” featuring Jake Clark, click here.
To read Part 3 of “A Little More Homework” featuring Andi Rudai, click here.
To read Part 4 of “A Little More Homework” featuring Morgan Hewitt, click here.