People in the Neighborhood: Brooklyn Anderson Stars as Winnie Foster in Sky View High School’s “Tuck Everlasting”

Elementary Students Can Get Half-Priced Tickets By Participating in an Art and Literature Contest

 

Emily Buckley, editor in chief

 

Brooklyn Anderson, 17, a junior at Sky View High School, will star as Winnie Foster, in the school’s upcoming production of “Tuck Everlasting,” playing February 8, 11, 15, 16, and 18 at Sky View High School.

Brooklyn, who has been performing in community and school productions since she was 5, says she enjoys doing something she loves while connecting with the audience. “There’s something about musical theatre that brings people together and touches the hearts of everyone involved; nothing else I know of can do this in the same way. I love discovering the humanness in each character I play, and exploring why we, as humans, act and feel the way we do. It’s a way to get to know myself and become more open to others as I realize that no one is perfect, but that’s what makes this world so beautiful. I’ve gotten to share some amazing messages with those who watch. We connect and feel something together, and that is precious to me.”

“Tuck Everlasting” is a musical, based on the 1975 American children’s novel by the same name, written by Natalie Babbitt. Set in the late 1800s, it tells the story of an 11-year-old girl, Winnie, who lives what she considers a mundane life until she wanders the woods near her home and encounters a family whose life a perfectly normal life, with one exception: They are immortal.

Brooklyn says “Tuck Everlasting’s” fun music, dancing, and fast-paced story keeps the audience engaged and excited, while also conveying a powerful message about the beauty of life and death, and the importance of making the most of the time we each have to live. “This very family-friendly show is packed with crazy dance numbers and catchy songs, but it goes beyond the ‘fun’ aspect of musical theatre,” Brooklyn said. “’Tuck’ is all about making the most of the time we have on Earth; it explores the beauty of life and death and why both are so important. ‘Tuck Everlasting’ has inspired me to make the most of every moment, of every relationship, of every aspect of this life that I have, and I know it will do the same for everyone who attends!”

Previous to her role in “Tuck Everlasting,” Brooklyn performed as Violet Beauregarde in “Willy Wonka,” the wicked stepmother in “Cinderella,” and Ms. Darbus in “High School Musical” with the Sky High Players and in the ensemble or small roles of “A Christmas Carol,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “The Sound of Music,” and “Peter Pan” with Four Seasons Theatre Company.

In addition to performing in musical theatre, Brooklyn is currently the junior class secretary, the Drama Club vice president, and a junior class representative for the National Honor Society Committee at Sky View High School. She also teaches a dozen piano students and takes piano and vocal lessons herself. She was recently selected as the only Utah Chapter Freedom’s Foundation scholarship recipient from Cache Valley, and will attend a leadership conference at Valley Forge in Pennsylvania in April. In her free time, Brooklyn enjoys composing lyrics and songs on her ukulele and piano.

 

Want to see “Tuck Everlasting?”

Tickets are available now at skyhighplayers.org for $7 or for $8 at the door. Elementary school students (Kindergarten through 8th grade) can earn half-price tickets by participating in an art and literature contest. All entries will be awarded and will be displayed at the performances.

The theme of the contest is: What would you do if you could live forever? Category information is listed below. All entries should be brought to Sky View High School, by this Friday, February 1, and left for the attention of Jon Rash.

 

Art Categories

(8×11” paper, put in sheet protector)

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Or other art medium of your choice (Ex: oil pastels, watercolor, etc.)

 

Literature Categories

(8×11” paper, put in sheet protector)

  • Short essay (500 words or less)
  • Prompt: Imagine you could stay the same age forever. What age would you choose? List three reasons why you would want to be that age.  What would three problems be with staying that age forever?