Julia Erickson – 2023 Senior Spotlight

Julia Erickson – Class of 2023

1.What role do you have in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee?

Rona Lisa Peretti/Olive’s Mom 

2. How many years have you participated in Avenger Theater?

 4 years

3. What is your favorite Avenger Theater memory?

Learning how to execute slapstick comedy with the Butterfield sisters during freshman year for Cinderella, and then witnessing them take the “slap” part REALLY seriously. 

4.What would you tell an underclassman who was thinking about joining the program?

Do it. I can’t tell you how many people decide to join just for their senior year, and end up wishing they joined earlier. 

5. Have you been in other Avenger Theater shows, if yes, what ones and what role/s?

Freshman year- Cinderella- Stepmother 

Sophomore year- Avenger Theater Retrospective- Eponine/Vivienne/A whole bunch of stuff 

Junior year- The Spongebob Musical- Sandy

6. If you have performed before – What was your first theater production and how old were you? 

My first musical was Willy Wonka Kids when I was 6 years old in first grade. I played a candy kid and a squirrel. 

7. Of all the roles you’ve played, which is your favorite?  If you could be in any show, which one would you choose, and what would be your “Dream Role”?

My favorite role I’ve ever played has probably been Cedric in Puffs. It’s so hard to choose, but I think right now my dream role and show would be Alice Murphy in Bright Star. 

8. In our production of The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, what scene or song is your favorite part?

I don’t want to spoil anything, but pretty much any time Darius (Mitch Mahoney in my cast) carries someone offstage, which happens quite a lot. 

9. What are your dreams/plans after graduation?

Hopefully I’ll get into college, and then I can continue to study all different aspects of theater and become a director. 

10. What does Avenger Theater mean to you? 

I don’t think I can even describe what Avenger Theater means to me. It’s given me some of the best friendships of my life, so many great memories, and a supportive environment to explore theater in. I’ve grown so much since freshman year, and having a safe space to discover my voice has been so important. I also would never have found my passion for directing if it hadn’t been for the trust and guidance of Mr. Petrucci and all of Avenger Theater. I’m so grateful for everything it’s done for me, and I can only hope I’m able to give back in the slightest.