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Theatre meme, last seen with samazon13. Longer than I usually like to do, but what the hey.

LAST SHOW YOU ADDED TO YOUR RESUME: Madama Butterfly. I need to add the one I just finished and the one I'm rehearsing now, but haven't yet.

LAST SHOW YOU AUDITIONED FOR: Horror Academy

WERE YOU CAST? Yes. But you know that, since I've been babbling about it for weeks.

LAST SONG YOU USED AT AN AUDITION: "Now That I've Seen Her"

FAVORITE THEATRE (VENUE): That I've performed in: the Palace Theatre in Columbus. That I wish I could: the Courtyard Theatre at Chicago Shakes.

FAVORITE PLAY: If strapped to a torture device and forced to choose one, it's probably still The Crucible. Much Ado, Measure for Measure, Cymbeline and The Skin of Our Teeth are also way up there.

FAVORITE MUSICAL: Right this minute, I'm going to go with Ragtime.

FAVORITE ROLE & FROM WHAT SHOW: Beatrice in Much Ado. I would jump three stories at the chance to do it again with what I've learned in the last 12 years.

NAME A THEATRE SUPERSTITION: Always wear purple shoes on opening night. Nothing bad can happen to you when you're wearing purple shoes. And if something bad does happen, just think how much worse it would have been if you hadn't been wearing purple shoes. (We miss you, Caryl!)

LAST PART YOU PLAYED IN A SHOW: Xocko the prima-donna sockpuppet in The Stand-In.

YOUR GOAL IN SHOW BUSINESS: To do work I love and have others enjoy it too.

FAVORITE DIRECTOR: I really, truly don't have one. Whoever I'm working with at the moment.

WHAT WAS YOUR VERY FIRST SHOW: The Fiddler Crab, as, IIRC, the Second Narrator. I had part of the storytelling and a little verse of a song. I had auditioned to be a raindrop and burst into nigh-hysterical tears when I wasn't cast as one. I couldn't understand how that could be when I had been taking ballet for a year, and I had thought the little dance was so easy. Then they told me I was to be one of the narrators, which as a speaking/singing part wasn't supposed to be open to first graders. Years later I wondered if it had more to do with how upset I was than with my precocious performance ability.

HAVE YOU EVER HAD A DANCE SOLO: A few times, always in children's theatre for some reason. Usually while singing, though there was the mini-ballet I choreographed and performed in for a (non-Disney) Beauty and the Beast at summer stock, which involved mute servants entertaining the pair at dinner.

HAVE YOU EVER HAD A SINGING SOLO: Often.

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN THE LAST PERSON TO TAKE A BOW: Just recently, oddly enough, as the sock puppet. A few other times as well.

NAME A SHOW YOU'VE DONE MORE THAN TWO TIMES: Macbeth. (I can now no longer think that name without hearing it intoned ominously, Geoffrey-style. S&A has so invaded my brain.) All with the same company, and all were among its most successful productions. 1994: First Witch/Third Murderer. 1998: Director/fight choreographer/costume designer/cover for (at various times) Doctor, Lady Macduff, and Young Siward. 2001: Malcolm and fight choreographer. No Lady Mac, tho.

HAVE YOU BEEN TO NEW YORK: Oh, you mean that place where I spent the better part of a year banging my head against brick walls? Yeah.

SCARIEST PART OF AN AUDITION: Seeing reactions on people's faces.

BEST PART OF AN AUDITION: Seeing reactions on people's faces.

NAME A SHOW YOU WOULD NEVER DO AGAIN: Huh. I really can't think of one. Not that there haven't been absolute nightmares, but that's always been the production, not the material.

NAME A SHOW YOU COULD DO FOR YEARS: Random choice of many possibilities: Much Ado.

NAME A SHOW YOU WOULD LOVE TO DO BUT HAVE NEVER BEEN IN: The Winter's Tale.

NAME A PERSON YOU'D LIKE TO WORK WITH AGAIN: Cindy Frazzini.

BEST HIGH SCHOOL SHOW(S) YOU'VE SEEN: Carousel at Okemos High School, my college roomie's alma mater, about 1988.

WHAT ARE YOU AUDITIONING FOR NEXT: Elgin OPERA's "Best of Puccini" evening.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN PERFORMING: Since I was 5. Seriously/semi-professionally, since I was 19.

DO YOU CARRY YOUR HEADSHOTS AROUND WITH YOU: I keep a binder with songs and headshots in my car when I'm in active audition mode, so I don't have to worry about gathering stuff up before work.

DO YOU KEEP IN TOUCH WITH PAST CAST MEMBERS: A few.

ON A SCALE OF 1-10 HOW IMPORTANT IS GETTING PAID: Depends on the show. Generally 2-3.

WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE PERFORMANCE: Female Transport, my first professional show, when my grandfather and aunt had flown out from Ohio to see it.

WHAT'S SOMETHING EMBARRASSING OR UNEXPECTED THAT HAPPENED TO YOU WHILE ON STAGE? Ah, which one to choose... How about in the 1994 Macbeth, when the witches were cavorting weirdly at the end of the cauldron scene, and I jumped up into a weird sort of twirl and ran face-first smack into the back wall. And announced (though to this day I have no actual memory of saying it alound!) "There's a wall there!"

WHO IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PERSON (ON STAGE OR OFF) THAT YOU HAVE EVER WORKED WITH: I can think of a few candidates, but no one I disliked enough to single out in a public LJ.

EVER BEEN NAKED ON STAGE?: Oh, dear gods, no.

WHO OR WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST INSPIRATION OR INFLUENCE?: Impossible to answer. Everything I've ever experienced.

IF YOU COULD BE A RICH FAMOUS PORN STAR OR A STRUGGLING THEATRE ACTOR WHICH WOULD YOU CHOOSE? I'll stick with the one I have, thanks.

BEST PROFESSIONAL SHOW(S) YOU'VE SEEN: Oh, so many. Patrick Tucker's Shrew at the Toronto Fringe Festival, with Friday night probably having a slight edge over Saturday (although Saturday did have the pizza). The pre-Broadway tour of Jekyll & Hyde. CST's current Cymbeline. (Seriously, go buy tickets. Right now. Why are you still here?)

BEST COLLEGE SHOW(S) YOU'VE SEEN: Streetcar at MSU.

ONSTAGE, HAVE YOU EVER...
a) Been killed? Yup. Currently rehearsing to be killed twice in one evening, in fact.

b) Been drunk / stoned? Yes on one, no on two.

c) Played someone half your age? Probably, or close to it. Lessee... Imogen is probably 16-18; I was 30. Caroline in Titanic is 18-19; I was 32. I was one of a gaggle of adult actresses playing little girls in The Enchanted, but we weren't trying to really look it, so I'm not sure that counts. (If it does, that was a third of 33.) The Cousin in Butterfly is unmarried and probably only slightly older than Cio-Cio-San; I was 37.

d) Played someone twice your age? Yes, abominably. Frau Schmidt in The Sound of Music when I was 20. Gotta love summer stock.

e) Cried? Fairly frequently.

f) Fired a gun? Not on stage.

g) Driven a car? Uh, no.

h) Been drenched? No.

i) Been in a dream sequence? *thinkthinkthink* I don't think so.

j) Been kissed? Yep.

IF YOU WERE ON BROADWAY RIGHT NOW, WHAT SHOW WOULD YOU WANT TO BE IN AND WHAT ROLE WOULD YOU PLAY?: Elphaba in Wicked. I could wish that weren't the answer every clueless Broadway-baby fangirl would give at the moment (or have they moved on to Spring Awakening?), but since I don't actually believe successful = crap, it's all good.

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brainiacfive
Sep. 9th, 2007 01:35 am (UTC)
Not really theatre, but there was the 'happyfeelgoodmotw' sequence in "The Cancer Jean".
wiliqueen
Sep. 9th, 2007 02:25 am (UTC)
True. I'd have to say that counts.
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