Meet the Hernandez kids, Connor 16, Molly 14, and Erin 12. All three of these kids are incredible performers and they some how find the time to sing, dance and act among a slew of other activities. Connor, who attends , is an actor. Molly, who attends , plays both the piano and clarinet while younger sister Erin, who also attends Hadley, plays the flute, piccolo, piano and guitar.
After attending many theater productions at the age of nine, Connor told his mom he wanted to try acting. That fall he auditioned alongside 100 kids for a part in the community theater production of "Snow White." Connor landed a role and was cast as Happy, one of the seven dwarfs. From that moment on he was hooked.
Since then there isn't much that Connor hasn't accomplished. He's landed many roles in local and school productions and was even cast as an extra in a commercial. Connor is also a member of the elite group Chicago Ambassadors Traveling Show Choir and has even nabbed the spotlight for solo performances.
Perfecting this talent takes effort. Connor attends vocal lessons at Glenbard West with a private teacher, in addition to voice and acting lessons at Stacey De & Company School of Performing Arts. Connor has earned several lead performances including, "Bye, Bye Birdie" at Hadley, "Willy Wonka" at Stacey De & Company School of Performing Arts, and "School House Rock Live for Grove Players" in Downers Grove. And this is only a sprinkling of the many parts he has played. To date Connor says his favorite experience was in a performance of “All Shook Up,” when he took his bow and heard a thunderous applause. “I hoped it was not because I had to de-pant for a number in the show. I thought they might have liked my heart boxers.”
When Connor isn't acting he enjoys going to movies with his dad, gaming, and sleeping. He also likes to classify himself as “Hispirish” meaning half Irish and half Mexican. Connor loves English because it comes easy to him and is his passion. He is a camp counselor at Rising Stars Show Choir during the summer and loves to work with young kids (he plans on having seven of his own one day). His priorities outside of his talents include God, his family, friends, and his dog. When he grows up he wants to teach high school English and theater.
Connor's sister Molly also likes acting and has even joined her siblings on stage. Molly’s favorite experience was while playing Scout in "To Kill A Mockingbird," which was her first show. Connor also made an appearance in the show playing Dill. Molly loves sharing the stage with her siblings, all three performed in "Oliver" and in the Rising Stars Show Choir. Her favorite thing about performing is having all the hard work pay off when the curtain finally goes up.
Like Connor, Molly has a resume too long to list, but she has had the lead in a commercial, the role of Gertrude in "Seussical the Musical" at Hadley, Gloria in "Wait Until Dark" at Court Theater-Hyde Park, Belle in "Beauty and the Beast" at Hadley, Violet Beauregard in "Willy Wonka" at Stacey De School of Arts, just to name a few. On top of all that, Molly has done voice work and even several print ads.
When she grows up she would like to perform on stage and screen. When she is not acting she enjoys badminton, sign language, and cooking. Don't ask Molly to go shopping, she hates it but she loves to dance and has been an Irish dancer for seven years. A special cause close to Molly's heart is Project ALS and she once went vegan for an entire month to raise money for the group.
Last but not least of Hernandez kids, is sixth-grader Erin. She started stealing the spotlight when she was in an Irish dancing competition in Kindergarten. There was a music tent at the show and she was drawn to the flute because of the awesome sound. Her mom bought her a flute from a neighbor and she began taking lessons. It didn't take long for Erin to stand out. The following year she was competing in that same tent and won trophies half her size. In second grade she was invited to join the junior high band and found that performing for people really makes her happy. Following in her siblings footsteps, Erin took up acting and performed in "Willie Wonka" and "Oliver."
Erin’s most memorable performance was playing theflute at old St. Patrick’s Church this past St. Patrick’s Day, while alongside her friend Kate Wild. Her favorite thing about performing is getting lost in the music.
When Erin grows up she hopes to be a professional flutist, playing in the pit on Broadway, Chicago, or maybe even teach others how to play the flute. Out of all her siblings Erin says she has the cleanest room. But she could not ride a bike until she was in third grade. “Clearly, I did not get talent in the large motor skills, but I am happy I did in the fine motor skills.”
What can I say about this family? I have met all the kids and they are the most giving, genuinely sweet kids exploding with talent. Not only will we see them succeed in the arts but as people.