Jessica is a graduate of the Theatre Arts program at MacEwan University. She has a passion for comedy and loves working with children; the two combined made the role of a quirky, circus rat in Kompany’s production of Alberto the Dancing Alligator the perfect fit for her! In her spare time, Jessica enjoys dancing, learning new songs on the piano and ukulele, and watching videos of cute puppies. Some of her favourite acting credits include Frau Blucher in Young Frankenstein (Prairies Skies Musical Theatre Co.), Chris Hargenson in Carrie the Musical, and Sara Jane Moore in Assassins (MacEwan University).
What’s your earliest memory of the theatre?
My earliest memory of the theatre is from a drama club that I participated in when I was about five years old. For our final performance, I was wearing bunny ears and holding a carrot while sitting in a cardboard box. The “magician” would make me appear out of the box, and my one and only line was “What’s up, Doc?” and I took a bite of the carrot. That’s when I knew I wanted to be an actor…just kidding. But it really did give me a thrill being on that stage, and I remember being so excited afterward.
What’s been your favourite role with Kompany?
My favourite role with Kompany was definitely Carlo Dello Ratto in Alberto the Dancing Alligator. I had a blast using a bit of physical comedy with this one – not to mention, the Italian dialect.
What’s your favourite children’s book?
I loved a lot of books as a child, but if I had to pick one it would be “I’ll Love You Forever.” My dad used to read it to me all the time. I was really scared to grow up, and I remember the book making me feel very sad, but also very happy at the same time. It taught me to really appreciate the loved ones in your life, and to cherish your time with them.
What’s your favourite sea creature?
My favourite sea creature is obviously mermaids. Yes, they do exist.
What’s your favourite thing to eat?
Oh my goodness. So many things. I would say mac ‘n’ cheese, pizza, popcorn, and donuts. I think that covers all the food groups.
Which would you rather have for a pet: a dog, a cat, a fish, or a bird?
A dog. Always a dog.
Which would you rather have for a pet: a shark, a tiger, an alligator, or a t-rex?
I think having a tiger would be super cool. Like, “Hey, do you need a ride to school?” “Oh, no thanks. I’ll just take my tiger.”
Would you rather live in a medieval castle, a futuristic space station or a Jurassic jungle?
Probably a Jurassic jungle.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I would absolutely love to go to Venice someday.
What’s your favourite memory of working with Kompany?
My favourite memory of working with Kompany is from our actual performances on stage. Hearing the little ones in the audience discover new things out loud and interacting with each other made all of our hard work SO worthwhile. It’s not easy to ask a group of 4 year olds to sit and listen for an hour, but they did it no problem – what an accomplishment for them, but also for the cast of the show.
We know you’re secretly just a very tall 10 year old, but what do you think is something you’ve really carried with you from childhood?
I’ve really carried my sensitivity toward others and my environment. I was always very aware of other people’s feelings, and never wanted to be a person that made others feel bad about themselves. I believe it’s a very important attribute, and I will always try my best to be sensitive to the needs of others.