Connecticut, U.S.A. – Olivia Scott is
an only child, but she feels like she’s got a couple of brothers while she’s
playing Scout Finch in the Hartford Stage show, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
Olivia Scott, who plays Scout in The Hartford Stage's production
of "To Kill a Mockingbird."
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Scott, who is 12,
said she gets along well with Henry Hodges, who plays her brother Jem in the
show, which is based on Harper Lee’s famous novel, and with Andrew Shipman, who
plays their friend Dill Harris.
“Me and Henry kinda
have a brother-sister relationship,” said Scott. “I get mad at him. He gets mad
at me. Same with Andrew. We’re all like a family, everybody in the cast.”
When she got the
role, Scott said, she was a little worried about how the others in the cast
would be, but found out had nothing to fear.
nice,” said Scott.
Scott is in sixth
grade at Eastern Middle School in Greenwich, Conn., but she will have missed
school for the whole third quarter because she’s been in Hartford for rehearsals
To help the kids in
the cast, the theater provides a tutor 15 hours a week, and Scott said that
keeps her caught up.
She said she’s still
getting straight A’s.
“I’m not really
missing anything,” said Scott. “Some people just think I’ve been sick for a
Outside of acting,
Scott spends her time hanging out with her friends and family. She also spends
her time singing and doing homework, and has two cats named Elvin and Murphy.
Scott moved to
Connecticut just last year. Before that, she lived in San Francisco Bay area,
which she loved.
“It’s sunny and
warm,” said Scott.
At first, she didn’t
like Connecticut, Scott said, because she didn’t have any friends when she came
into fifth grade halfway through the year.
But this year, she’s
at a new school and has good friends, she said, and Connecticut seems a lot
“Now I love it just
as much as California,” she said. “Well, almost.”
provides Scott and her mom an apartment with 14 foot ceilings and granite
countertops, she said.
“It’s great,” said
Scott and her Mom
have temporarily moved into the Hartford apartment because Greenwich is too far
to drive back and forth every day.
She likes acting at
“This is better than
Broadway,” said Scott. “This is Hartford Stage. They take such good care of us.”
She’s done many
musicals, Scott said, but this show is her first dramatic role.
Because most of the
people who come to the show have read Harper Lee’s novel, To
Kill a Mockingbird, Scott said
they arrive with an idea of who Scout is.
“You’ve gotta flip
that out of their minds and replace it with what you are,” said Scott.
Scott, who said she
has an acting coach, an agent, a manager and a singing teacher, said she wants
to do more work with Hartford Stage.
“I wanna do whatever
I can, ‘cause it’s just so fun!”