Meet The Banks Children! (Brandon Singel and Michelle Moughan)
We interviewed the talented Children Brandon Singel and Michelle Moughan who portray Michael and Jane Banks (alternating with Gabriel Reis and Jane Shearin) in Mary Poppins at WBT. We asked them to share something about their offstage lives:
Brandon: I go to LMK school in Harrison. My favorite subject is Science. I am in the 6th grade. I am in the Glee Club in my school.
Michelle: I go to school at a K - 8 school in Upstate NY, and my favorite subject is probably...math. I actually learned how to recite a little over fifty digits of the number pi ! I am also involved in the arts at my school. I play the violin and I am in the chorus. We just recently had our annual spring concert and art show, which I sang and played my instrument in.
Brandon: My family is very fun and enthusiastic. I do not have any brothers or sisters.
Michelle: I have two younger brothers, Mikey,10 and Max, 9 yrs.old. Mikey plays the trumpet, is a really good chess player, and is into sports like my dad. Max started taking an interest in theatre (my mom is a total theatre buff) and is the comedian of the family. I like to go to the local pool in the summer with my brothers and to my uncle's house in Vermont where we go fishing. Of course, we all love to go to the theatre and whenever we're in New York City, we go to our favorite place to eat: Shake Shack!
Brandon: I have only seen Mary Poppins, the movie, but that was when I was in pre-school.
Michelle: I actually saw Mary Poppins on Broadway right before it closed, and I loved the show! When I saw that WBT was doing it, I just had to audition!
Brandon: Whenever I have free time, either before or after a show, I try to finish up any homework or school work that I have.
Michelle: My teachers are great and give me the work that I need if I'm going to be absent, or if I have to leave early for a performance. I make sure I plan out when I can fit in my school work so I know I have enough time to get it all done. I keep my grades up and I am a member of the National Junior Honor Society, School is important.
Brandon: When I'm not performing, I like to make YouTube videos with my friend Ethan. I also like to play Minecraft with my other friends from school. I have been performing since the 3rd grade - I was a Newsboy in Gypsy at ACT in Yonkers.
Michelle: I have been doing ballet since I was very little, but I first became interested in theatre when I was nine years old. My music teacher suggested I audition for a local musical and I was cast in a role. I have been loving performing ever since! I especially like to dance, and I do Tap, Ballet, Theatre Dance, and Hip Hop! Whenever I am not performing, I am involved in different clubs at school, like Mathletes, and Poetry Club and I am on the Debate team. I have participated in many spelling bees, and advanced to the New York State Scripps Spelling Bee Finals 2 years in a row. I also enjoy knitting and crocheting.
Brandon: I have 3 things in mind of what I want to be when I grow up: a film maker, a science teacher or a video game designer.
Michelle: In the future, I want to keep acting and performing. I also have an ambition to maybe be a fashion designer when I grow up. I have a book full of designs for cool new outfits I thought of.
Brandon: I used to have a cat named Romeo, but he died in December of 2012. If I could have any pet, I'd probably get a dog because they're playful and they are great to bond with.
Michelle: I don't have a pet, but my dream pet is definitely a Pug! I love their little wrinkly faces, they're just too cute! If I ever had a dog, that would be my first choice.
Michelle: My iPod is full of show tunes from many musicals, and one of my favorite singers is Sutton Foster!
Brandon: We have a whole-house sound system, so I don't have or need an iPod for music.
Michelle: One of my all-time favorite movies is "Paul Blart, Mall Cop". Every time I see it, it never gets old. My favorite shows on Broadway right now are Matilda, Newsies and Violet the Musical. There are so many good musicals, I can't choose my favorite one!
Brandon: If I could play any role, I would want to play the Artful Dodger in OLIVER, because on the inside he's a dark, mysterious guy, part of a pick-pocketing group, but on the outside he's just a fun person to be around!
Michelle: My dream role was actually Jane Banks ever since I saw it on Broadway. I hoped that there would be auditions for the role, but then I found out it was closing. I hoped that there would be another theatre doing "Mary Poppins" so I could audition for Jane, and sure enough, here it was! When I'm older, I think the role Eliza Doolittle would be really fun. I just love classic shows like My Fair Lady! I have to admit, one of my other favorite roles is actually Mary Poppins! That's definitely another one I would love to play!