You have to be creative to entertain children. If you specialize in such an area it is a double win. For an actress like Criena House, who stands 5-1, it’s the type of role she fit in literally and figuratively. House beat out 500 actresses for the role of Brianna, who gets trapped in a winter world which brings to mind “Alice in Wonderland” at first thought.
“I play children a lot because I’m short,”
“It’s something in my back pocket that I always pull out.”
“Snowkus Pocus” promises a more athletic display as one may surmise from the name of the preciding company “Cirque-tacular Entertainment.” The show’s soul is expressed through talented acrobats and circus talents. For Criena who trained as a clown, one of her skill sets she can pull from her varied bag of tricks, it’s not a stretch to do this type of performance.
“I’m a gymnast, I do ribbons in the show and a little bit of lifts,”
“Basically I do physical comedy, kind of like miming, telling a story and the character through physicality and no talking.”
House, a bi-racial, California born, Filipina actress and dancer came to these shores feeling entitled with a confidence born from her parents, who led by example while drawing from her shared Asian-Spanish heritage. She has used that experience to survive and thrive in New York City climbing the ladder meticulously as a “Hungry actress“, which happens to be the name of her blog.
Criena uses her entire body to reflect her enthusiasm is a force to be experienced.
“I bring myself, an my authenticity, while still having fun on stage.”
Snowkus Pocus is currently running at the YMCA at 334 East 14th Street in Manhattan until February 5th.