Student Spotlight: Kyra Schofield
Rifle High School senior Kyra Schofield will play the leading lady in the school’s upcoming production of “Pride and Prejudice,” which runs Nov. 3, 4 and 5 at 7 p.m.. The Post Independent recently caught up with her to talk about the show and her other creative outlets.
How did you get interested in acting?
I actually got into acting when I was in fifth grade. My dad did it all throughout high school, so I thought I should give it a try, and I really liked it. I didn’t really get into high school performance until my sophomore year. I moved to Colorado Springs for about a year, and it took me awhile to get back into the swing of things.
What was it that appealed?
I really loved the as if and being able to play something that I’d never be able to do. All the stories we’ve done are just so amazing. My sophomore year we did “Treasure Island” and “Shrek,” and I had small parts in both of those. Last year I did stage managing for “And Then There Were None” and “Addams Family.” I’ve been able to do both sides of it and experience the whole theater. This year we’re doing “Pride and Prejudice,” and I’m the lead.
Did you expect to get the part?
I actually didn’t think I’d be getting the lead when we did auditions. I thought I’d be getting the mother part or stage manager. When she told me I was Elizabeth Bennet, I was quite shocked and vowed not to let her down.
It’s perfect timing since I’m a senior.
Tell us about the show.
Pride and Prejudice is a complete love story that I actually didn’t know much about until we got the script. I just keep reading over it now. People think my character’s not going to get married, so she has trouble loving. When she meets Mr. Darcy she completely hates him and how he presents himself. We actually edited some of the scenes and added a couple more to be more like the novel. If we had a choice we’d make the show six hours long.
What’s next after high school?
I’m actually doing CMC culinary right now, so I’m hopefully going to pursue that at Johnson and Wales in Denver. My ultimate goal is to have my own restaurant.
Anything else you’d like to share about yourself?
I’ve been in color guard for four years. It’s a really awesome opportunity to become comfortable performing in front of people. I’ve been involved heavily in Homecoming. I’ve done pottery in school all four years. I really love the arts. I’m passionate about everything I do, and I hope people can see that and will come enjoy the show.