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Q&A with LHS legend Phillipa Soo

Ella D’Amore
Seniors Pippa Soo and Alex Mason win the senior superlative of “Most Theatrical.” Years later, in 2014, Soo starred in the notable Broadway musical, Hamilton. (Photo credits to LHS Yearboook – 2008)

From 2004 to 2008, the award-winning actress Phillipa Soo attended Libertyville High School. Throughout her time here, she not only showcased her acting skills in the school musicals, but also claimed the title of prom queen when she was a senior. After Phillipa graduated, she continued her studies at The Julliard School. Once she had finished college, she continued to perform in movies, TV shows and live productions, her first being “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812” in 2012. Her most recent appearance was in “Gutenberg! The Musical!” Most known for her role of Eliza in the Broadway musical “Hamilton,” she became a prominent figure to Libertyville as such a successful alum. On Feb. 18, Phillipa is coming back to Libertyville to perform with the high school’s choir in support of the Adler Center.


What kind of student were you in high school? 

I worked very hard, but looking back I think learning behind a desk was difficult for me. I thrived in group projects and presentations. I loved working with others, so it made sense that I became an actor.


In which ways did LHS support or foster your acting career? 

I was a theater kid in high school, and I loved it. I did theater class, I took choir and singing lessons through the school and I worked on the musicals and plays–acting and crew. It was my favorite thing about my high school experience, being involved with the shows. It gave me an education on how to work with others, how to listen and how to be present. We had a lot of fun, but we all took it very seriously. It gave me a great work ethic which is required to pursue this career. I credit that to some really fantastic teachers and staff who were passionate about giving students an incredible experience in making and performing these shows.


How do you feel about being back in Libertyville? 

I am so excited to be coming back to Libertyville to perform a concert benefiting the Adler Arts Center. If you have never visited the Adler Center, go! Take a class, visit the grounds, go to one of their exhibitions! For over 40 years, the Adler Arts Center has been an important part of Libertyville’s cultural community. […] The Adler Center is an essential part of the Libertyville community, and I am so grateful to Libertyville High School for offering to host such an important event. Whether you fancy yourself an artist or not, art is nourishing for the soul. It gives people many concrete tools in understanding humanity, history and culture. Places like the Adler Center are safe spaces for reflection, creativity and curiosity. It is true that great communities have great arts programs, which is why it is so important to support places like the Adler Center. 


Is there anything else you want to share?

 […] Ellen Williams is the program and Marketing Director of the Adler Center. She and I graduated from Libertyville HS in 2008, and both did theater and choir there together. We have remained very close in our adult life, and I am so proud of the important work she is doing for the Adler Center and for her community. 

Phillipa will be performing with students in the Libertyville High School Auditorium on February 18th at 7 pm. The proceeds will be used in support of the Adler Center.

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