Actor Spotlight: Kennedy Joy Foristall
In Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s current production of To Kill a Mockingbird, the spunky young Jean Louise “Scout” Finch is played by local actress Kennedy Joy Foristall. You may have seen her on stage at Mad Cow Theatre, Garden Theatre, The Abbey, and many others, but she got her first gig playing an “Arabian girl” in a community theater production of Aladdin Jr. when she was just eight years old. “I was very shy, so my parents and I decided it would be good for me. I wanted to come out of my shell,” she said.
And come out of her shell she has. As Scout, Kennedy Joy (also known as “KJ”) carries much of the first act of the show–which, at 12 years old, is quite impressive. When asked what her biggest challenge was in approaching this role, she shared that she struggled to get in the mindset of a 6 year old. “I started observing the little kids in my neighborhood and noticed that they were very fidgety, so I try to make sure I’m never standing still on stage for too long.” But despite their age difference, KJ has discovered that she and her young character have quite a bit in common.”Scout and I share a love for the outdoors and knowledge. We’re both very inquisitive and want to make the world a better place.”
The biggest step KJ took to transform into her tomboy role was to chop off her long hair. She donated a whopping 13 inches to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, which provides free natural hair wigs to women fighting breast cancer–a cause she is very passionate about after losing her grandmother to the disease in 2009. For this reason, she’s also interested in becoming a pediatric oncologist when she grows up.
Rehearsals have already started for KJ’s next gig–Dinah Lord in The Philadelphia Story at Mad Cow. Even though her time with the cast of To Kill a Mockingbird will come to an end on March 8, this busy young actress believes that Scout will always be a part of her. “This entire experience and everyone involved in it will always have a special place in my heart.”
All remaining performances of To Kill a Mockingbird are sold out–but guests have the opportunity to purchase standby tickets 90 minutes before each show starts.
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Melissa Landy, PR Coordinator