POE Cast Interview: Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith is pulling double-duty right now. Not only is she performing in POE, but she is also playing Bottom in Patrick Henry High School’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” With such a busy schedule, we were glad we could steal a little time with her!


ryan_ed2MMT: Ryan, how old are you?

Ryan: I’m 15 years old.

MMT: Where do you live?

Ryan: I live in Roanoke city.

MMT: Where do you go to school?

Ryan: I go to Patrick Henry High School and the Roanoke Valley Governor’s School.

MMT: What’s your favorite story or poem in the show?

Ryan: My favorite story in the show is “The Raven” because it is very creepy and I like the rhythm to the lines.

MMT: “The Raven” is very creepy, everyone seems to like that one. What’s your favorite story to be in or favorite character to play?

Ryan: My favorite story that I’m in “The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether” because I get to play a crazy person.

MMT: That must be fun. How long have you been performing with MMT?

Ryan: I’ve been doing classes and shows at MMT since 2009.

MMT: So you’re a familiar face around here. Did you know about Poe at all before this show? What have you learned about him since starting rehearsals?

Ryan: I did know of Poe before this show, but I have learned more about how his personal life affected his writing.

MMT: OK. We know you probably love tintinnabulation — everyone seems to. But, other than that, what’s your favorite word that you learned from this show?

Ryan: I do love tintinnabulation! But, I also love obeisance which means a show of respect.

MMT: Awesome! Thanks for talking to us Ryan!

You’ve still got three more chances to see POE starting this Friday at 7 PM! We hope to see you there!

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