Kimberly Persona is one of the creators of Miss Persona and the Marvelous Melodies, and today, she is the subject of our creator interview!
batteryPOP: Where did you get the idea for Miss Persona and the Marvelous Melodies?
Kimberly: I have a background in live performance and found myself often performing for and with kids. It really awoke a love for children’s entertainment in me. This particular show was developed right out from my own name: “Persona” to wear a mask, to dress up and play.
batteryPOP: How did you come up with the sidekick characters (like George)?
Kimberly: My team and I did a lot of improvising. One of the creators for this version of the show, Sam Graham, also a performer improviser and producer actually started developing the seeds for George’s voice. This was later shaped by the incredible writer, Rafael Antonio Renderos and transformed by our puppeteer Alan Kliffer.
batteryPOP: Was there a kids' show you watched growing up that inspired you to make this show?
Kimberly: Oh my, so many! From Mr. Dress Up, to Fraggle Rock, from Adventure Time to Sesame Street. I also adored the Friendly Giant, Lamb Chops and Sharon Lois and Bram.
batteryPOP: What topics do you want to tackle next?
Kimberly: We are actually shooting a new version of the show next weekend-- one that features a lead protagonist taking on non-traditional female careers. I really feel there is a need for a show that encourages young girls in Canada to be open to all kinds of work, especially ones that touch on science, technology, engineering and math.
batteryPOP: Did you make movies, put on plays, or write songs when you were a kid? If so, what were they about?
Kimberly: Not at all! I was a super SUPER shy kid. It wasn’t until I got older that I found the confidence to perform and create.
batteryPOP: If you could have any guest star on your show, what/what would it be?
Kimberly: Oh golly, well I’m not sure if this really counts but I adore Victor Borga. He did some great bits with Sesame Street too. That man was so funny and the way that he intertwined comedy and classical music was really something extraordinary.
batteryPOP: What would George be doing if he weren't on the show?
Kimberly: That’s easy! George would be an explorer! Taking on adventures to the furthest reaches of earth and space… and learning lessons along the way!
batteryPOP: When you were 10, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Kimberly: I wanted to be Sailor Moon.
Thanks to Kimberly for answering all our questions! And you can catch Miss Persona and the Marvelous Melodies HERE on batteryPOP!