Student artists Alora Pilgrim and Ileta Galau

Posted: Thursday, May 14, 2009

This week's student artist profile is a double feature. Alora Pilgrim and Ileta Galau are both actors, and both are involved in Floyd Dryden's drama club: Alora as a student, and Ileta as her mom's helper. Ileta's mom, Kathleen Galau, is Floyd Dryden's drama coach.

Courtesy Of Heather Ridgway
Courtesy Of Heather Ridgway

Alora Pilgrim

Age: 14

Grade: 8

School: Floyd Dryden Middle School

What her drama coach, Kathleen Galau, says about her:

"Alora has been a key person in the drama club since she was in sixth grade. She has been in every production, and her acting skills are wonderful. She works hard behind the scenes, making props, practicing and encouraging the other actors.

"She has a broad imagination that brings excitement and new ideas to our productions. She is enthusiastic, funny and a gifted story-teller. No matter what part she gets, she puts out 110 percent and always has a positive attitude."

Why did you choose acting?

"I grew up watching my older sister, Dorothy, perform. I really like that feeling that theater gives you. That it's OK to be yourself no matter what."

How long have you been acting?

"Since I was in pre-school."

Do other family members show an interest in the theater?

"My sister, Dorothy, has a minor in theatre from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. My mother and aunt also acted throughout their school days."

What types of theater do you like best?

"I love classic theatre. Musicals and Shakespeare are some of my favorites. My favorite so far has been Liza Minelli in "Cabaret."

What are your future plans?

"Although I hope to go into history or teaching, I believe I will continue acting on the side."

What other activities are you involved in?

"I am a highland dancer with the Stroller Whites Pipes and Drums band and sing in the choir at St Georges Anglican Catholic church."

Ileta Galau

Age: 14

Grade: 9

School: Homebridge

What her home-school teacher, Delores O'Mara, says about her: "I picked Ileta because during SBAs this year, I was very impressed with the young lady she is becoming. I know she likes art and takes classes at Thunder Mountain High School and when I contacted her mother, she told me Ileta was an actress as well!"

Shona Strauser, her acting coach, adds: "Ileta uses a loud and clear voice onstage. She has very good stage presence."

Why did you choose acting?

"I first chose to participate in drama because I wanted to overcome my fear of pubic speaking and performances. After doing my first play I found I really enjoy being part of a group with similar interests and abilities, and found the work fun and challenging. I still have problems getting over my stage fright when ever I perform or have to present in front a crowd, and I have a stuttering problem. My favorite part of drama is being able to take on another character, becoming someone besides myself."

How long have you been acting?

"When I was in fourth grade at Glacier Valley, I was in the original production of 'The Tides and the Tempest.' I did church plays from Kindergarten to third grade. I am involved in high school choir and plan to continue with it through high school. I am also a People to People Ambassador."

Do other family members show an interest in the theater?

"Both my mother and my grandmother were in multiple high-school plays, many Shakespeare plays and comedies. My mother now helps direct plays and the drama club at Floyd Dryden Middle School. I help her on a regular basis. "

What types of art do you like best?

"I enjoy reading fiction books, especially ones based in fantasy worlds and involving magic. I'm a fan of many styles of music, from classical to pop; I'll give anything at least one shot. I also enjoy reading and performing Shakespeare's plays. I love the Shakespearian language and the meaning behind his characters' monologues and actions."

What are your future plans?

"I will continue in drama at least through my high school years. I plan on graduating high school and going to college for a degree in music or theater, along with a degree in teaching. I'd like to become a music artist or a high school choir or drama teacher."

What other activities are you involved in?

"I have been baking on my own now for four years and some say I'm one of the best bakers they know. My all time best recipes are banana bread and white chocolate macadamia nut blondies."


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