It’s not scary as much, it’s more exciting, for me. Also, we’ve got things to think about when we’re on the dragon. We’re still in character, we’re acting, we’ve got lines, but then every now and then you do realize that you’re 17 meters in the air, and this is pretty much a dragon roller coaster. It kind of gives me goosebumps every night, and I love it. Prior to this show, I had never actually been on a roller coaster, so this is a new way of getting rid of my fear. It’s still really fun; it’s just like a ride.
You get to work with these magnificent animatronic dragons –how different is it acting with the dragons versus acting with your human co-stars?
You know what, it’s like acting with a pet, because there’s three to four people, rigger operators, working a dragon at one time, so it is actually working with them. They all have their own personalities. Each dragon has their own special tricks and little jokes that they might know on stage.The whole time you’re aware of what they’re going to be doing, because even though it’s really fun and it could be really playful, they are huge dragons, and we do have to get out of the way if they’re walking or running towards us.
They feel real. They feel so real and look so real, so when I’m on stage, I’m not even really acting, I mean, if a dragon is charging at me, I run away automatically. They’re so unusual and so quirky, it’s been such an awesome experience working with dragons on stage.
You mentioned that this is the biggest touring experience you’ve had; what has been your favorite part about touring?
Definitely the travelling has been amazing. I’ve been to so many new places that I never thought I would ever get to. To be able to do it and see these places in this way has been unbelievable. This is my first time in America, as well. My favorite part about this whole experience is still before each show when we do a meet and greet with the kids, who buy the VIP package. That is so exciting, because we get to meet them, we get to give them high fives, we get to take photos with them. It’s so exciting doing that, because it just reminds me every night that this is such an experience for these kids and these families coming to see the show. It’s like their dreams coming true, and it kind of just gives you a boost, and that really helps when you perform every night, and I love that feeling.