My oldest kids are big fans of the 13 Storey Treehouse Series. On roadtrips Tahlia will read it aloud to Aston and sometimes we’ll borrow the audiobook version from the library. The giggles that erupt from the back seat as we drive are contagious and heartwarming.
We are very excited to be seeing the live version onstage next week at the Bruce Mason Centre and were even more excited to be able to ask Elle Wootten some quick questions before seeing her in action next week.
Have you always loved performing and being on stage?
Ever since I convinced my teacher to let me play the bearded Pirate Captain in a school play I have had the acting bug! I used to put on performances all the time and force my family to watch them. I really love pretending to be other people on stage – but I actually find being on stage as myself a bit scary!
Was being an actor your dream job as a child?
I knew that I really loved being an actor, but I had so many dream jobs when I was a kid. – I really wanted to be a food critic so I could eat lots of delicious food and be paid for it, I also wanted to be a psychologist for a while, a teacher for Deaf children, and an intergalactic space judge… Acting meant I could pretend to do lots of different jobs – so really I get to live out all of my dreams!
How long have you been acting professionally?
About 2- 3 years.
What is the best part of your job?
Performing to different people and seeing their diverse reactions!
What is your favourite thing to do in your spare time?
I really like writing and playing songs on my ukulele.
SINCE MY BLOG IS HEAVILY FOCUSED ON FOOD, I WOULD LIKE TO ASK YOU SOME FOOD RELATED QUESTIONS:
What’s your go to meal after a long day filming?
I love a big bowl of mushroom and spinach cabonara with a side of steamed broccoli.
I’m a vegetarian so meat is my no-go food! But otherwise I’m a bit of a foodie and kinda love eating everything!
Chocolate or Vanilla Icecream?
Vanilla, – as long as it has lots of chocolate sauce and shaved almonds on top!
Coffee or Tea?
Ooo… It’s a close call but coffee wins out.
Fish & Chips or Pizza?
And finally, to any kids that come and watch these shows and think “That’s what I want to do one day”, what would you tell them?
Acting is a fun job, but it can also be hard too. Give acting a go, and see if you like it. If you get a lot of energy back from performing and it makes you incredibly happy then I think you should get involved in any way you can. Learn about the theatre and film industry and all the different jobs there are to make the great entertainment you see. – Actors are just one part of the puzzle! I think it’s important to do things that make you happy – and hopefully they make other people happy too!
HERE’S MORE INFORMATION IF YOU’D LIKE TO CHECK THE PLAY OUT IN THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS
THE 13-STOREY TREEHOUSE plays
Bruce Mason Centre, Auckland
Tuesday 18 April to Saturday 22 April 2017
Tues & Sat 6pm, Wed- Sat 11am & 2pm
Tickets: Child $30, Adult $40, Family $120
Bookings: Ticketmaster.co.nz or 0800 111 999
Elle Wootton will be performing in the stage adaption of The 13-Storey Treehouse, 18 – 22 April at Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna. Visit https://www.aucklandlive.co.nz/ for full details