POE Cast Interview: Mateo Lara-McNamara

Opening for our Fall Young Audiences Production of “POE” is just a week away! Over the next couple weeks, we will be introducing you to the young artists that are bringing this brand new adaptation to life on the Waldron Stage. They are creative, courageous, and at times, downright creepy performers! It’s going to be a great show, and we hope you will join us Oct 22nd – 29th.  Now, without further ado, let me introduce you to Mateo Lara-McNamara.


MMT: Mateo, how old are you?

Mateo: 11

MMT: And, what school do you go to?

Mateo: I go to Roanoke Catholic School.

MMT: In what part of Roanoke Valley do you live?

Mateo: I live in Southwest County.

MMT: You’ve been working on the show for about six weeks now. Do you have a favorite poem or story in the show.

Mateo: “The Raven” because it was the one I was most familiar with, actually from watching “The Simpson’s.” Also, I get to play The Narrator in that poem.

MMT: You’ve had a good run with animals this year, huh? You performed in Aesop’s Fables, and was one of our Milky White cows in Into the Woods, Jr. How long have you been doing shows and classes at MMT?

Mateo: I’ve been doing this for over six years – since kindergarten.

MMT: Did you know about Poe before being in this show? What’s something you’ve learned about him or his writing since starting rehearsals?

Mateo: Yes I did know about Poe, but I’ve learned more. I’ve learned he was a dark person and that he was somewhat depressed. Plus, I did not realize he lost his wife early.

MMT: What’s your favorite word you’ve learned from this show?

Mateo: Tintinnabulation, which means a ringing or tinkling sound.

MMT: That’s awesome. I didn’t know that word either!


There you have it folks! Come see Mateo and the rest of the cast starting Oct 22nd!


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