September Senior Spotlight: Molly Molloy

Hear from Molly Molloy about the theatre program this year!


Photo courtesy of Molly Molloy

September’s Senior Spotlight features Molly Molloy, President of Theatre here at Glenbard West! Let’s see what Molly has to say about the upcoming performances this year.

Abby: Molly, tell us a little bit about your background in theatre.

Molly: I actually only started doing theatre in 8th grade because one of my friends signed me up for auditions (without telling me) because they were too afraid to audition alone. At the audition they didn’t show up, but I felt bad leaving, so I auditioned anyway and fell in love with it. Since then I’ve been in eight shows and also have dabbled into theatre business and tech.

Abby: Congratulations on being President of Theatre this year! What does this job entail?

Molly: A lot of management! The board and I organize mostly the ‘club’ aspect of theatre and Mr. Fox focuses on the productions. We plan fundraisers, events, and meetings for the students and parents, keeping everything fun and enjoyable. Specifically as president, I run board meetings, club meetings and speak at our larger events.

Abby: What shows will West be performing this year?

Molly: Footloose, Miracle Worker, and Almost Maine

Abby: Everyone seemed so excited for Footloose! How did those auditions go for everyone?

Molly: Auditions are very stressful for a lot of people, but we try to make them fun and I definitely think Footloose’s auditions succeeded in this goal. Everyone is so supportive and willing to help each other with scenes, singing and dancing to prepare. Plus the dance we had to learn was super fun to do!

Abby: What advice do you have for freshmen looking to get involved in the theatre program?

Molly: If you’re hesitant, just do it. You only have four years at the school and they go by fast, so you don’t want to feel like you missed out on anything. You won’t know for sure unless you try it, but you don’t want to keep wondering.

Abby: What has been your favorite theatre role at Glenbard West?

Molly: I really love all the roles I’ve had so it’s hard to pick just one. I really loved playing ‘Hunger’ in Metamorphosis because it was this demon-like character and I got to crawl around on stage and splash in the pools (during one of the shows I accidentally fell in). It was also especially fun because in the scene right before that I was playing a rainbow goddess and it was a challenge to have to totally switch character in only a few minutes.

Abby: What other activities are you involved in?

Molly: Newspaper, band, historical society, and NHS

Abby: Where do you hope to go to college?

Molly: I’d love to go to school in either Boston or New York. My favorites as of right now are Barnard, NYU, and Boston University.

Abby: What is your favorite memory at West?

Molly: I don’t think I could narrow it down to just one, but closing bows for every show I’ve been in our something I’ll never forget.

Abby: What would be your dream role?

Molly: Even though the musical is literally only on broadway as of right now, Anastasia for sure.

Abby: Last but certainly not least, Cubs or Sox?

Molly: Cubs 100%

It was so great to hear from Molly. Good luck to everyone this year and break a leg!