Cinderella Cast Interview with Mary Nielson Clinton.

Mary Nielson Clinton (Joy) will be performing in Cinderella May 4-14!

Q: What is one of your biggest dreams that you wish you could make into a reality? What would you do once this dream became real?

A: In sixth grade, I turned a bright orange Nike shoe box into my 'dream box.' I only put one piece of paper in there. On it, I wrote: “become an actress on tv.” Ever since then, that's been my goal. I recently went to a theater conference where I learned many new things about being on film, and I'm so thankful for the opportunity. I was able to meet with countless college professors who gave me tips from the smallest details up to the big picture. Whenever I'm given the chance, I'd love to move to LA or NY and start booking jobs left and right, preferably ones on tv shows with millions of viewers or a movie with a sold-out night. I don't think I'll ever lose my dream of becoming a television actress, and I'll do everything I'm capable of to pursue that wonderful idea. Somewhere hidden in the back of my closet is that old dream box. And inside, there's still only one sheet of paper. Countless other dreams have come and gone. But this one remains, and I hope from the bottom of my heart that one day, it comes true.

Q: If you had your own magic carriage to take to the ball, what would it look like?

A: If I had my own magical carriage, then I would like for it to be solid glass, so that I'd be able to see everything from the comfort of inside. I'd enjoy plush, velvet seats that would be a beautiful crimson color. The seats would have to be able to be pushed up in order to reveal a secret fridge to store Coke Zero and chocolate. On the outside, gorgeous gold designs would cover the glass carriage. Also, the reigns used to guide the jet black horses would also be golden colored. Just like Cinderella's, I'd like for it to be a circular shape, and I'd love to have enough room for two. My carriage would always shine, and never get dirty.

Q: If you were to throw your own royal ball, who would you invite and why?

A: Throwing a royal ball is a difficult task, but the guest list is the hardest part. For me, I would start off with inviting all of my family. Everyone from my parents, sisters, grandparents, and cousins would be invited. But most importantly, my dog Rusty would be the guest of honor. Also, it would be nice to have some historical figures to talk to, such as George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr. I've always wanted to hear some of their advice, and a ball would be a wonderful place to chat with them. Next on the list would be Selena Gomez. She was the first celebrity whose acting I really started to notice. Ever since sixth grade when I was obsessed with "Wizards of Waverly Place," her acting inspired me to deepen my skills and to learn as much as I possibly could about the stage. Another celebrity I'd like to visit with would be Ed Westwick. Anyone who can go from playing a billionaire named Chuck Bass to a spin-off character from Bonnie and Clyde is someone who has some acting techniques I'd love to hear. Another guest on my list would be Michael Grant. He's my favorite author of all time, and his character Diana Ladris has helped me to come out of my acting shell. There are so many questions I have about his series "Gone" that I'd love to discuss with him, so Grant's attendance would be necessary. Finally, each and every person to help out with this wonderful show would receive an invitation. After spending so much time together creating a ball on stage, everyone would need to come to my own personal ball. All of my friends from both school and church would also be invited, and anyone else who would like to come. The more, the merrier!

Q: What are you looking forward to the most in this production and why?

A: In kindergarten, I began to act on both the school and on the church stage. Since then, I've been in numerous productions. However, Cinderella is my first community theater show. My good friend, Abi Crigler, had been begging me for years to join her; I had always been too busy in whatever show my school, Evangelical Christian School, was putting on. From West Side Story to Shrek, I rarely had a free moment. But ever since I was young, I had always wanted to be in a Disney princess show. And what better classic than Cinderella? I'm so excited to be performing with Stage Door Productions for my first community theater show. Since this is the first show for me with STP, the thrill of trying something new is the most exciting part. I'm very eager to be a part of this process, and I can't wait to see the final product!

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