Children’s Theatre of Western Springs Spotlight: Mia Rachford

Mia Rachford of Western Springs | Submitted by the Children's Theatre of Western Springs
Mia Rachford of Western Springs | Submitted by the Children's Theatre of Western Springs

Get to know the community of Western Springs with our Children’s Theatre of Western Springs Spotlight feature.

This week, we meet Mia Rachford of Western Springs. She joined the CTWS in 2010 while in second grade.

Q. Why did you join CTWS?

A. I joined because it sounded like a fun activity to do and my sister (Flynn) was doing it in first grade and said that she loved it.

Q. What made you discover your interest in theater?

A. I discovered that I loved pretending to be a different person. I liked to be someone else and act anyway I wanted to. I liked being in different situations that you may come across.

Q. What is your favorite thing about theater? 

A. As I said before, I like being a different person or act out a situation you’ve never been in. But I also love how easy it is to make new friends that have the same interests as you. It’s a safe and loving community there so you don’t have to worry about being judged or bullied as you may be in school. Overall, I love everything about theatre.

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

A. I work both onstage and offstage. I have been in “Madeline’s Christmas” (2013) and played as Juliette onstage. Offstage my favorites were props and makeup. For props I did the “Starry Messenger” (2013) and I have helped take props out of storage. I also was a Makeup Co-Chair in “The Snow Queen” (2014). I love being able to do anything with the theatre. I think everything is fun either being onstage or offstage. I was happy to have the opportunity to help out with fun productions like that.

Q. What is your favorite thing about CTWS?

A. My favorite thing about CTWS is all the teachers that work there. Everyone is so nice, and you can tell that they love what they do too. It’s a great community, and you learn a lot from it.

Q. Do you see yourself continuing to act? 

A. I see myself continuing to act. I love doing it so I want to keep at it so I can keep improving at it, and eventually it will pay off.

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

A. When I grow up I want to be on Broadway. Whether I’m behind the scenes or playing a character, I still want to do it.

Q. What is your dream role?

A. Really I would like to be anyone that is fun to play. I would just want someone that has a lot of character and a great personality.

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