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South Pacific Profile: Dynamic young talent Janacki Amerson

Janaki Amerson is absolutely thrilled to be back at Summer Place Theatre after playing trombone-playing “Frederica” in The Music Man in 2016. She has filled her time in between with roles in  junior productions of High School Musical, Little Mermaid, The Lion King, and Frozen. Janaki is looking forward to starting middle school this fall, going to her first concert, and traveling with her family.

Janaki has fit right into this diverse and adult cast seamlessly. She will be showcasing her singing and acting talents, as well as her ability to pick up foreign languages, as a good deal of her dialogue is spoken in French! Tres bien, Janaki!

South Pacific opens on June 7!

Get your tickets here

QUESTION: Who or what inspired you to start doing theater?
JANAKI AMERSON:
My mom enrolled me in a children’s theater program when I was very young. My first play was Holiday Hotel. My mom and aunt are obsessed with musicals and now so am I.  

Q: What was the musical that had you fall in love with musicals?
JA:
The Music Man

Q: What is the favorite role you've ever played?
JA:
Bonzai The Hyena in The Lion King.

Q: What is the dream role you still want to play?
JA:
Elphaba in Wicked.

Q: What is the most challenging part of bringing this story to life?
JA:
Learning French!

Q:Do you have any performance superstitions?
JA:
I way overpack my makeup… just in case.

Q: If someone was going to make your life into a movie, who would you want to play you?
JA:
Me of course! And then maybe Natalie Portman.

Q: What do you do when you’re not doing theater?
JA:
I like to paint and bake. I also love playing with makeup!!

Q: Which character from South Pacific would you most like to have dinner with and why?
JA:
Nellie because she sings funny songs and speaks with a funny accent.

Q: Why should people come see this production of South Pacific?
JA:
The cast is amazing and everyone knows a good cast can make or break a production! And the music is so much fun!

Come see Janaki and the rest of this incredibly talented cast when South Pacific opens on June 7.

Learn more about our production here   Get your tickets here

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