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Spotlight On: Bella Carvalho


Connecticut Theatre Company’s “Spotlight On…” series continues with a look into our talented cast and crew of Zanna Don’t. Get to know Bella Carvalho!




Introduce Yourself to Our Audience:

Hi! My name is Bella Carvalho and I’m playing the roles of Tank (and other roles) in this fabulous production of “Zanna, Don’t”. This is my second show at CTC, and I actually started out in the previous show, “Head Over Heels”. I’ve been in the theatre scene for around 7 years and after taking a break, I’m back to performing and happier than ever. 


What made you want to audition for Zanna Don’t?

I auditioned for Zanna in the middle of our “Head Over Heels” run and because I had so much fun doing that show, I had to do this one. I also had never heard of this show before and that spiked my curiosity and gave me a chance to step out of my comfort zone and do a show not many people know about.


How do you most identify with your character?

There are moments where I relate to Tank in a variety of ways. Tank is always shown doing things for others whether it be making an announcement or making songs/music. The “people-pleaser” in me could not relate more to wanting to do anything for anyone; especially the people you care for the most. 


What’s your favorite song in the show and why?

My favorite song is probably “Be a Man”. I remember listening to this specific song on repeat when first joining the show because it was so funny and it’s just a fun dance to do as well. I can’t wait to see an audience’s reaction to this song. 


Why should audiences come to see this show?

I think people should come out to see Zanna because it’s a funny show where you can kick back and relax while having a few laughs (maybe cry???) Everyone in this cast and crew is so talented and we all worked very hard to bring this show to life. Another fun part is because this is such a small cast show, you get to see some of us play different roles that showcase our different acting techniques!


Zanna Don’t opens September 8th and runs through Sept 24th at Connecticut Theatre Company. Tickets on sale now!

“It’s a sentimental story, but very humane and, maybe even more important, executed with talent, warmth and polish.” – New York Times