Youngsters walking into Forest’s movie theatre on Sept. 11 to see a popular dog-based animated movie were in for a real treat.
Lilly Bartlam was on hand to meet matinee-goers, and also pose for photographs before the show. The Kineto Theatre was operated by the service club and had previously held four screenings. However, Bartlam who lives 35km from Grand Bend could be available to appear before the show.
“We’re thrilled,”Ruth Illman is a Kiwanis Club of Forest Member and said she was pleased to appear before the show. “She’s very gracious and the family is lovely to be able to accommodate and bring her here.”
“Lilly loves stuff like this,” Bartlam’s mom, Lara, said as her daughter greeted four-year-old – nearly five-year-old – Forest resident Mia Treamine, who was sporting a dog facemask and clutching PAW Patrol toys.
Bartlam, 15, landed the role of the fearless Cockapoo during the show’s sixth season and was also picked to be in the feature film, released late last month. A ninth season has been approved by the network.
“I’m still playing Skye, so that’s great,”She said.
Bartlam, who attends St. André Bessette Catholic high school in London, used to record the character’s voice in Toronto but, like many in the industry, had to get creative when the pandemic Arrived during spring2020.
“Another show that I’m in sent me all the equipment and then I’ve been able to do it from my mom’s closet,”With a laugh, she replied. “It’s very good equipment, which is nice.”
Bartlam already has an extensive career as a child actor, having recently worked on a show called Total DramaRama and previously appearing in The Handmaid’s Tale, but her parents aren’t performers.
“Lilly found her passion on her own,”Dave, Dave’s dad said. “Her older sister was doing some acting and she was inspired by her.
“We know nothing about it. We’re learning from Lilly.”
Her 17-year-old sister, Anna, does theatre and is in Netflix’s True and the Rainbow Kingdom.