Lady Lyann Rivera Lopez doesn’t want to be a princess. She wants to be more.
We had the pleasure of attending a live performance of Lady’s winning essay set to a score by the Skylight Music Theatre in Milwaukee. Immediately, we knew we had to feature her.
Lady’s school is one of 25 Milwaukee Public Schools that participate in the Skylight Music Theatre’s “KidsWrites” program. The program takes an active role in bringing arts education into the schools and allows students to discover their musical, dance and singing talents. This year’s theme was “Before and After”, and Lady was inspired by how girls used to be treated before they made their voices heard. Her winning essay was nothing short of spectacular.
We had a chance to ask Lady a few questions. We think you’ll agree that hers is a voice that needs to be heard!
“I’m motivated by happiness, feeling proud of myself and giving it my all.” – Lady Lopez
Q & A
Q: What do you want to be when you grow up and why?
A: I want to be a teacher, lawyer or an actress because I love to teach and make a difference in others people’s lives. I also love the stage. And, I want to defend the poor and fight for injustice.
Q: What do people say when you tell them that?
A: People say I’m good at any of them and that it’s always good to have more than one option. My mom always tells me to listen to my heart and follow my dreams.
Q: Do people ever call you “princess” and, if so, how does that make you feel?
A: Yes, sometimes it makes me feel kind of weird because I’m not perfect or special. I’m like every other 13-year-old girl.
Q: What does it mean to you to be a princess?
A: Princess to me would be like a perfect person that is in a higher position than anybody else or someone who never makes mistakes.
Q: How did you become interested in writing, especially for the Skylight Theater’s KidsWrites program?
A: I have always loved writing about my experiences or stories. Once I realized the theme was “Before and After”, I was inspired by how girls used to be treated before they made their voices heard. Skylight helped me to express myself by giving me a platform to be creative and write about it.
Q: Do your family and friends support you?
A: My friends and family always support me. And, I surround myself with positive people who will push me to be better.
Q: Did you ever think you’d be called an “amazing girl” for choosing to do this?
A: No, I wasn’t expecting to be called an amazing girl, but I’m grateful for the opportunity!
Q: What three words would you like people to use to describe you?
A: Helpful. Humble. Friendly.
Q: What do you want people to know about you outside of your accomplishments?
A: That even though I seem outgoing and not shy at all, I still get nervous when I’m on stage. And, I’ve had difficult moments in my life, but I always try to focus on the positives and never let those keep me down.
Q: What motivates you?
A: Happiness. Feeling proud of myself. Giving it my all.
Q: If you could have ice cream with one person, whom would it be?
A: Malala Yousafzai
Q: What advice would you give to a girl who wants to be just like you?
A: I would tell her to be herself, set goals for herself and to never give up.
Bonus Question: What question would you ask the next Amazing Girl we interview?
A: If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?
- Her favorite movie is Good Burger.
- This summer, Lady is most looking forward to having lots of fun!
- Her favorite song is “It’s the Climb” by Miley Cyrus.
- Lady chooses chocolate over vanilla.
- Her favorite quote is “And just when the caterpillar thought the world was over,
it became a butterfly”.