Children’s Theatre of Western Springs Spotlight: Emily Baker

Emily Baker | Submitted by the Children's Theatre of Western Springs

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This week, we meet Emily Baker of Western Springs who joined the Children’s Theatre while she was in second grade.

Q. Why did you join CTWS?

A. I’m pretty sure I joined theatre because one of my friends at the time convinced me to. Not only that, but I was known in my family to be quite the drama queen.

Q. What made you discover your interest in theater?

A. I really started to get interested in theatre after I listened to the soundtrack to “Wicked.” My friend, Shane, and I would totally belt out “Defying Gravity” at his house. We were pretty cool!

Q. What is your favorite thing about theater?  

A. My favorite thing about theatre is the variety in the shows you can see. I can be in my seat laughing uncontrollably or crying hysterically. Each show is unique and you’ll never really see the same story twice.

Q. At CTWS do you work on stage, behind the scenes, or both? Name some roles/crews that were your favorite.

A. I work on and off stage which is cool because I really get to see how it all comes together. My favorite off stage jobs to do are stage managing and costumes. Some of my favorite roles I’ve played are Joanne in “Rent,” Jenny in “The Sparrow,” Robin in “Smile” and Margaret in “Much Ado About Nothing.”

Q. What is your favorite thing about CTWS?

A. My favorite thing about CTWS is that everyone is appreciated. Whether you work on or off stage, everyone involved in a production respects one another and the work that they do. That respect and friendship is what it really takes to put on a great production.

Q. Do you see yourself continuing to act?

A. I do see myself continuing to act. If my schedule isn’t too crazy in college next year I’ll be able to audition for shows. Even if I don’t get to act, I will still sing my broadway songs all day long.

Q. What do you want to be when you grow up?

A. Next year, I will be studying early childhood education. I would probably like to teach first grade.

Q. What is your dream role?

A. My dream role will forever and always be Rapunzel from “Tangled.” I know it’s not a musical yet, but someday it will be. And when it is you know I’ll be ready to take that role. I have so much Rapunzel stuff it’s a little ridiculous.

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