Interview by DOM GALEON
Welcome to our Featured Young Artist segment!
Here we feature young, up-and-coming local artists and ask them questions about their art style and how they express themselves through it.
Here we feature young theater star Felicity Kyle Napuli. She started performing in mall shows at the age of 7 as part of the Center for Pop Philippines’ talent pool. Her love for theater started when she had her first theater workshop after winning a scholarship for Repertory Philippines.
Felicity had her first professional stage debut in 2016, playing Becky in Rep’s A Little Princess. This was followed by Matilda in 2017 where she played the titular character. She also played young Nala at the international tour of The Lion King, which premiered in Manila on March 2018 and ran until May 2019 with performances in Singapore and South Korea. Her most recent role is Dani in the Sandbox Collective’s anniversary staging of Dani Girl on August this year.
How would you describe your art and yourself as an artist?
As an artist, I try to relate with the role because it makes it more real. But being young and inexperienced to certain themes makes it very challenging. As a performer, I tell the story through gestures, speech, song, music, and dance. This widens the audience’s knowledge and it inspires creativity.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
When I grow up, I want to be like Patti Lupone. Every time I watch clips of her performances, I feel inspired to do my very best in theater!
Do you have a particularly favorite role or character that you’ve played?
Every one of the roles I portrayed are different and I love every one of them. But if I have to choose, Danica Lyons from Dani Girl would be my favorite because the story itself is heartfelt. It taught me a lot and it changed my perspective about life. But the character itself is brave. Braver than I’ll ever be. And she is the most challenging role I have played so far.
What do you have to say about young people pursuing arts, whether as a passion or as a profession?
Continue learning. Explore and don’t be afraid to take risks, experiment with ideas and emotions that might bring out the best in you. And don’t forget to inspire others through your art.
Any message you want give to aspiring artists?
Never stop learning. Because, really, you can never stop learning. Join workshops, vocal lessons, and always keep your feet on the ground. Never forget where you started.