We Will Rock You. Jessica Spenst @ TUTS
ii. I am a: Musical theatre performer based in Vancouver on the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.
iii. Other ways I would describe myself:
Neuro-divergent performer/human and a member of the 2SLGBTQQIA+ community.
Some career highlights for me so far: I am a recent graduate of Capilano University’s Musical Theatre Program where I played Penelope Pennywise in Urinetown this past April. Theatre Under The Stars is my first project since graduating!
iii. Childhood city/town + hobbies:
I grew up in Abbotsford on the unceded traditional territories of the Matsqui and Sumas Nations. In my spare time I am hiking with my 11 year old dog Copper, studying psychology and singing anything and everything!
Photos by Emily Cooper
iv. Featured Show Name (at TUTS):
We Will Rock You
v. A few sentences to describe the show:
Based on the songs of Queen, it is 300 years in the future. A post-apocalyptic world is ruled by the Globalsoft Corporation and its sinister leader Killer Queen. But a pair of dreamers – Galileo and Scaramouche – are ready to ‘break free’ from this control and mount a rock-and-roll fuelled revolution!
vi. My role in the show: Scaramouche
vii. Why this role?
Cathy Wilmot, who was my voice instructor at Capilano University, encouraged me to pursue this opportunity and I am so incredibly grateful for that. I see a lot of myself in this character in that she is strong-willed, but also at times misunderstood. I admire her dedication to her individuality while still desiring connection to those around her.
viii. Three adjectives to describe my ‘We Will Rock You’ character’s personality:
Feisty, Outspoken and Passionate!
ix. How I’m preparing for the role/show:
I am researching the history behind Queen’s music and the band itself to draw inspiration from the stories behind each song. I am grateful for the Creative Team’s guidance on portraying this character in ways that are authentic to my experiences and building a dynamic relationship/story with my brilliant counterpart Danny Malena, who plays Gailieo!
x. What I’m most looking forward to when the show starts:
Sharing the joy of live theatre again after a long 2 years with the team and the audiences! Putting on a rock concert every other night sounds like an awesome summer to me!
xi. Anything to add:
Learning how to navigate the performing world as a neuro-divergent performer with extra challenges has been a special journey for me so far in my career and I want to thank everyone on the We Will Rock You and TUTS team for providing such an inclusive and safe environment to work and play in.