STUDENT OF THE MONTH!!
Lila is a seventh grader at Chippewa Middle School where she is an excellent student and good friend to many. In addition to her five years of work at the Ruhala Center, which includes roles in Wizard of Oz, Willy Wonka, Once on this Island and Snoopy, Lila plays the piano, skis, ice skates and is currently studying Hebrew for her upcoming Bat Mitzvah. In past summers, Lila has attended the Wharton Center’s “Take It to the Top” Camp, the People to People Leadership Summit in Washington DC and Mystic Lake Camp. Our home is filled with Lila’s beautiful singing, quick wit and loving energy.
The Director talks about Lila:
“Lila was a very shy little girl when she walked into our center many years ago. Today Lila is a confident and powerful young lady and a force to be reckoned with on stage. I have watched her grow, take on big roles, become a leader and most importantly accept the difficult challenges I have offered her. Lila has the heart of a champion and is a team player first and foremost; these are qualities I admire most in performers. I have no doubt Lila will achieve her dreams in life. Her family is an incredible backbone of strength and support for her which will continue to propel her forward with confidence and intelligence. Watch out world, this Shanker will shake the world!” – Mark Ruhala, Founder-Artistic Director, RPAC
Q & A with LILA…
1. What made you first interested in performing?
My family goes to all of the Wharton center plays. When I was younger I remember thinking how great it would be if I could be up on a stage someday.
2. What is your favorite role/show you have done so far?
I liked Willy Wonka because my role was so much fun and the set was so cool. It was fun playing such a bizarre character. I could act differently than the more realistic shows.
3. What would you like to do when you finish school?
When I finish school I would love to do something in the musical or acting field. I would love to be on Broadway or I have always thought it would be neat to be a casting director in movies or Broadway shows.
4. How do you manage theater work, schoolwork, and family life?
School does and will always come first for me, but once I’m done with my schoolwork I try and get up to my bedroom for a little while to listen to recordings and memorize lines. Finding family time is not a big conflict for me. I save plenty of time to be with them!
5. In your role of Linus, what has been the most challenging aspect of playing a male character? 6. Who is your favorite performer? 8. If you had one message to tell the world, what would it be? 10. What’s your favorite class at Ruhala Performing Arts Center?… and why?
The hardest part is probably just being a boy, and having mannerisms like a boy and just making sure that when I step on stage I am not Lila anymore, I am Linus. Read more
My favorite performers in terms of pop music are Ingrid Michaelson, Lea Michelle and Taylor Swift. My favorite Broadway star is Indina Menzel.
7. What is your favorite show of all?
Wicked, Mama Mia and Billy Elliot.
Do what makes you happy.
9. What is your biggest dream for yourself?
The biggest dream for myself would be to get a Grammy, Oscar, or a Tony.
While I love all the classes! They teach me so much! But if I had to pick a favorite? I’d probably say JAZZ…I just love the freedom that dancing jazz gives me! The music, the energy, the style…I LOVE IT ALL!
6. Who is your favorite performer?
8. If you had one message to tell the world, what would it be?
10. What’s your favorite class at Ruhala Performing Arts Center?… and why?