Young Artist Spotlight: Zoe Sondergeld

By Allie Reardon

Zoe Sondergeld started her ten-year acting career at the young age of 6 in Brandenburg Primary’s Christmas Play. Ten years later, Zoe has acted in a variety of productions, from films to plays (both school and professional productions). Some of her favorite roles include: Scout Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird”, Helen Keller in “The Miracle Worker”, Grace Fryer in “Radium Girls”, Old Queen in “Princess and the Pea”, Ronnie in “Daddy took the T-bird Away”, and Alice in “Alice and Wonderland”.

But, on top of her prolific theatre career, Zoe is a talented and well-rounded student involved in several different activities both inside and outside of school; she is involved in the Meade County choir, Pep Club, the Tri-M Honors Society, Soundwaves, and Y-Club.


Q: “Where did your love of acting begin?”

A: “I first realized I loved being on stage after the curtain call of my first professional show. There is no feeling like taking your bows after a really good performance.”

Q: “If you had control, what show would you like to see the drama club/choir do?”

A: “I love love to see us do a interactive mystery show like “and then there were none” or something with a lot of emotion like “little women” or “The crucible””

Q: “Which do you find harder, acting for film or acting on stage?”

A: “I feel like both acting on film and on stage come with separate challenges, but acting on film is more challenging to me. When you are in front of a camera there is a ton of pressure on you to be flawless in your acting. Not to mention the fact that every wrong move you make is costing the studio money, and with more challenging scenes sometimes taking days to film the repetitiveness can be exhausting.”

Q: “If you had to reprise one of your previous roles, which would you pick?”

A: “I would love to go back and reprise my performance as Helen Keller. I feel like I have grown so much as an actor since that role and I would kill to see how I could tweak things to make my performance more realistic.”

Q: “What do you love most about acting?”

A: “I love the emotion that I can provoke from the audience during a performance. The best compliment as an actor is when you can see total strangers affected by your work as they are leaving the theatre.”

Q: “Would you rather: never act on stage again or never be in another movie?”

A: “I personally would rather never be in another movie. Live shows have so much more character and raw emotion that I feel can’t be portrayed when done countless amounts of times in front of a camera. I feel like the connection between the audience and actor can get so easily lost.”

Q: “Who would you say is your biggest inspiration or role model?”

A: “My biggest inspiration in theatre is Lea Michele. Her character and vocal range are incredible. She can go from a very serious dark character to a character with a light and bubbly personality with seemingly no effort.”

Q: “What would you like to see happen in the arts scene of Meade County?”

A: “I love to see more funding given to the arts. We have lots of incredible artistically inclined students at our school and I feel if we were provided with more resources and funding our arts department could really thrive.

Q: “What’s your dream role?”

A: “My dream role would probably be Blanche in a “streetcar named desire” or M’Lynn in “steel magnolias“”

Q: “Is there anyone you would like to thank for their support in your artistic career so far?”

A: “Definitely my parents! They are the ones who sat and rehearsed with me for hours and hours, who always drove me to auditions, and dealt with me stressing out on show nights. There is no way I could be where I am today without them!”

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