After three years at the Patel Conservatory, Alexa Lowrey was ready for a lead role.
As Winifred in PCYT’s upcoming production of Once Upon a Mattress, 10-year-old Alexa has really come into her own as an actress, says her mom Michele de Lucca-Lowrey.
“She feels like she’s actually Winifred,” said Michele. “The way [the instructors] choose the children for the roles, they fit the characters so well... I think this production is going to be one of the best we’ve had.”
A music teacher at Lockhart Elementary who’s been teaching for 30 years, Michele is impressed with the level of professionalism her daughter gets at the Patel Conservatory.
As a mom and volunteer for many PCYT shows, “I’ve been with several of [the kids] for a long time. You see the difference in their vocal development and acting skills and self confidence,” she said.
Music seems to run in Michele’s family. Her mother sang at the Cathedrals of England.
“Alexa sings really well, like my mom,” said Michele, who also sings, and plays trumpet.
A student at Lockhart, Alexa has been in many school plays and had roles in PCYT’s Annie, Cinderella and Seussical the Musical.
“The Patel Conservatory is a lot more serious, it makes the show a lot better,” said Alexa. “It’s serious, but it’s really fun.”
While the cast and instructors have been working hard to rehearse and develop the show and actors’ skills, the end product is a fun, light-hearted performance with lots of snappy dialogue and comic entrances.
On playing Winifred, Alexa says, “She’s a really fun character in a working kind of way. She’s a really weird character, she has melodramatic moments. Once you have it, it’s really fun.”