Laura Frustaci is a senior studying English and Education performing from Brattleboro, Vermont.
What traits do you share with your character in the show?
Even though Minnie is kind of a villain, as an actor, it’s important for me to feel connected with her, so I found a few qualities I think we share. Minnie would do anything for her best friend, Stuart, and I would do anything for the people I care about. She’s also a great performer. Like Minnie, I have just as much fun rocking out onstage and performing for people.
What is your favorite animal and why?
My favorite animal is a cat, because they’re soft and cuddly, but they���re also pretty tough when they need to be!
What is something special about you that makes you stand out?
Something that makes me stand out is my ability to cheer up my friends no matter how sad or stressed they are. I can always manage to make a friend smile or laugh when they’re having a bad day, which is the best feeling in the world.
What qualities do you think make up a heart of gold?
I think the most important quality in a heart of gold is being willing to help other people around you, and empathize with them. Empathy is being able to understand someone else’s feelings, and if you can do that, you can know how best to help them out or cheer them up!
What do you like most about being an actor?
My favorite thing about being an actor is that I get to experience other people’s (or animal’s) lives! Getting to play pretend and be somebody else for a whole show is the best job in the world, and I learn something new from every character that I play.
What advice do you have for younger audience members?
Stand up for what you think is right! Be like Jack, and have a heart of gold. Be courageous, and don’t let anyone push you down or hurt others around you.