"I Remember Mama" opened Apr. 22 at the Camelot Theatre in Talent. For 13-year-old Kenzie McKillip, it is a dream come true. The Eagle Point Middle School honor roll student is appearing in her first stage production, but performing is certainly not new for her.
Kenzie began her career with IMD Modeling Agency in Medford at the age of nine. They thought she would be good as an actress. She auditioned in New York and after interviewing hundreds, 25 were selected. She was the youngest and spent the summer of 2006 in New York.
More recently she has been taking classes at Oregon Stagework.
You may have seen Kenzie in a Children’s Advocacy commercial. She was
an extra in a Calvin Marshall film and had a lead role in Doublewide.
"Stagework is so much more intense," said Kenzie. "It takes a lot of dedication and long hours, but it is so worth it."
As one of the four children (Christine) in the Norwegian-American family, Mama and Papa refer to Kenzie as the "stubborn one."
her mother says she is very focused and loves language arts. She also
is a Type I diabetic, but that doesn’t slow her down.
said Paul R. Jones, the director of "I Remember Mama" is "an amazing
director. I enjoy working with him and learning from him. I hope to
continue to work with the Camelot Theatre in the future."
Remember Mama" runs through May 24. It officially opened Apr. 24.
Kenzie shares her role with Ashland student, Lisa Marie Werfel. They
alternate nights. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, at 8
p.m., with an performance at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Kenzie performs Apr. 29,
May 1, 3, 8, 10, 14, 16, 22, and 24.
Tickets are $18
general, $16 student and senior, reserved seats are $2 additional. The
first 100 in line on Apr. 29 can pay what they can. To order tickets,
call 535-5250 or visit www.CamelotTheatre.org. The theatre is located
at 101 Talent Ave.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent