Katharine Ruegger

East Side Story (Q Artistry's next QKID production opening on May 10th) features 12 young actors individually matched with 12 professional Indy actors in a mentoring style production process for a one act musical about friendship and discord on the east side of Indianapolis. The adult actors were asked to present the kid they're mentoring with 9 questions as part of our 9 QUESTIONS series and this is what happened:




9 Questions with

Katharine Ruegger,

asked by Ben Asaykwee.

Ben Asaykwee

1) You have been acting for awhile now, at what age was your first play?

Age three, when I was a mute little red hen in the Little Red Hen.
It was intense.


2) What is your favorite thing about being in high school?

There's a lot more freedom and overall sense of trust and respect between the teachers and students, which makes for much more open and creative experiences.


3) What has been your favorite role so far?

I played Dorine in Tartuffe fairly recently and just ate it up. I loved how physical and feisty the character became throughout the process. Plus, I got to sing in Spanish, which is always fun.


4) East Side Story is an original (albeit a slight parody) work. I know for a fact that you've done at least two original pieces before (because I saw them and you were great). What is something that is very different than doing a piece that has been presented before?

You have a blank canvas to paint any way you want. No one's done this before, and although the playwright and director have ideas of where they want the project to go, there aren't any past productions influencing you. It makes for a very playful process.


5) What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? If you had the last scoop on the planet and it was never going to be made again.. who would you share it with? (if it's peanut butter based I'm flattered, but more than likely uninterested)

Funny story, I'm a bit lactose intolerant, so I really don't do well with ice cream, unless (insert local ice cream shop here) happens to have a dairy free option. But as far as favorite ice cream names go, hands down Kitty Kitty Bang Bang. I'd give a scoop to Craig Underwood then quietly cry while he ate it.


6) What is your most memorable experience watching a play?

Wow, I went to Humana for the first time this year and saw SITI Company's "Steel Hammer," which still makes me shake. It was so different from what I'd seen before, especially as far as musicals go. It's the kind of stuff I want to do though. Definitely.


7) East Side Story has a theme regarding age differences. So, what is one thing you can't WAIT to do that you're not allowed to do until you're older.. and what is one thing you thing you miss about being younger?

I can't wait to be old enough to get into the Vogue, but I'll miss being allowed to order off of the kids menu at late hours of the night.


8) What has been the most challenging part of being in East Side Story? What's your favorite part?

Creating the world of the story.


9) You were just in Pippin at University High School (where you were fantastic, btw). That show was choreographed by Ben Asaykwee. Now you're in a show directed by Ben Asaykwee. I should say that there is no wrong answer here... which experience would you say has been MORE awesome? Keeping in mind that most people who read this will not only be SOOO envious but also realize that both experiences were life changing and mind-blowing... but which would you say barely peeks over the edge of victory as the project you've enjoyed more than anything you've ever worked on your whole life and probably the rest of your life?

Oh thank you, thank you! I'm flattered. Although both experiences were mind blowing, life changing, etc, East Side Story has probably been MORE awesome, just because of the nature of the short process, mentors, the fact that it's an original piece, and that it gives me an excuse to hang out in Irvington.