Mia Dart is a junior at Forest Hills Eastern High School. Mia, like any other high school student, enjoys spending time with her family and hanging out with her friends. She also loves to participate in musical theatre productions.
Mia began participating in musicals in the sixth grade when she was in the children’s chorus of The Music Man, an FHE production. Her love for performing began in the second grade when she moved to Michigan. A family friend and former FHE student invited Mia and her mom to see her act as the lead in Annie. Mia said that after the show ended, she turned over to her mom and told her “I want to do this”. After that, she began taking voice lessons and theatre classes to grow as a young performer.
Mia has acted in musicals as well as productions through Grand Rapids Circle Theatre. In middle school, she acted in two shows which made her love for performing grow even deeper. So far, she has participated in four FHE high school shows and three Circle Theatre shows. Her favorite shows that she acted in were The Little Mermaid at Civic Theatre Production and Freaky Friday at Circle Theatre. In The Little Mermaid, she loved the extravagant costumes as well as the technical aspects. In Freaky Friday, Mia loved how professional and close the cast was. Mia says that she enjoys having the opportunity to make great friends in theatre and that she is still quite close with the friends that she has made in previous shows.
Mia has auditioned for theatrical productions many times in her career. While some people like to stick to one song to sing for all auditions, Mia enjoys challenging herself by picking a new song for every time. She says, “When all else fails, I know I can whip out “Good Morning Baltimore” from the musical Hairspray.” Mia’s dream role is to perform as Jenna in Waitress.
Participating in both Circle and FHE theatre productions as a student can be very stressful for Mia, and she says that time management has always been a key to her success. This is especially true now because she is doing the holiday show, Elf, at Civic (a 27-run show) and Eastern’s musical, The Addams Family, at the same time. To deal with this busy schedule and fitting homework in, Mia tries to communicate with her teachers before the start of a busy show season and says that they are very helpful and understanding. She says that going from one rehearsal to the next can be very tiresome and stressful, and although she absolutely loves it, she would not recommend it to everyone.
Mia says that her biggest supporter is her mother. Mia’s mother has been taking her to and from rehearsals since she began theatre always tries her best to make it to as many of Mia’s shows as possible.
Make sure to see Mia in Civic Theatre’s Elf and FHE’s The Addams Family! Check out the links below for more info!