For Grayson Ruiz, this year’s DSHS Theater production of “Fiddler on the Roof,” marks a first in her young theatrical career.
“I wanted to try out for the musical because I haven’t done one at the high school,” the sophomore said. “It seemed like a really fun experience.”
According to Ruiz, being in the musical has been a great experience.
“I love being in the musical,” Ruiz said. ”I get to work with people that I love and are really talented.”
Although the musical has proven to be an overall great experience, Ruiz said that there were some setbacks.
“The hardest part for me being in the musical is trying to balance my schoolwork and theatre,” Ruiz said. “I’m the biggest procrastinator, so balancing my time has been a struggle, but hopefully I can get better at it.”
In the musical, Ruiz takes on the role of Golde, the wife of the lead male role. Ruiz said that she can connect to her character in some ways.
“I can connect with my character because she has a hard, tough personality but on the inside she is really sensitive,” Ruiz said. “People think that Golde doesn’t have any emotion except being stern, but she actually is capable of love and emotions. I would say I would connect with my character in an emotional way.”
Ruiz also said she enjoys working along side her partner Joey Kelly, who plays her husband Tevye.
“We work really well together, I think, because we have been in a lot of productions together,” Ruiz said. “We’re both supportive of each other during the course of the show.”
Although this is only Ruiz’s first musical at the high school, she has a long history with theatre.
“I’ve been doing theatre since I was 8 both in Houston and in Austin when I moved here in 5th grade. I mostly did company theatre in Houston like, I was Annie in Annie, Violet in Willy Wonka, I was also in Sleeping Beauty and The People Garden at Zach Theatre. I’ve done many of the theatre productions at the Middle school such as, Aesops Falables, Letters, Murder Most Foul, Drop Dead Juliet, Bye, Bye Birdie and Annie,” Ruiz said. “So far at the High School I’ve done Lend Me A Tenor in which I was married to Joey actually and now Fiddler on the Roof. I also do Theatre at a summer camp I attend.”
Ruiz said she hopes to pursue theatre in the future.
“I think that I will continue doing theatre in the future,” Ruiz said. “It is a big passion of mine. I would like to continue to do theatre in college and hopefully after college too.”
“Fiddler on the Roof’ opens Jan. 21 at 7:30 pm in the Dripping Springs Performing Arts Center.