What do you find appealing about your character and this show?
Character parts are my favorites and this show provides a physical and emotional playground on which to play. Felix is Gillette's best friend and the second banana. He loves life as an actor and I get to play his exuberance and occasionally be a ham.
What have you learned about yourself in playing the role of Felix?
Like Felix, I treasure moments in which I am NOT the person responsible and can just flex my creativity and sense of fun. I am also a sucker for witty banter.
What do you want the audience to take away from this show?
I want howls from the audience. I want them to be laughing while talking after the show about how they didn't see that coming.
How does this show differ from other shows you have worked on?
I have done plays by Ken Ludwig before and I delight in his farce. The main difference is the community at LTA. The structure of support here is tremendous and the people I have worked with are lovely.
How long have you been acting and what made you get involved in theatre? How did you get involved with LTA?
I did some shows in high school and college, but the bug really hit after I graduated. About 20 years ago, I decided to make teaching theatre my career and went back to school for my Masters. When teaching and family schedules allowed, I did community and professional acting, directing, and design. I first worked at LTA in Proof last year, when I decided this was where I wanted to build my theatre family.
What advice would you give others who are interested in working in theatre?
"Jump in, the water's fine." Find a theatre, like LTA, that is doing productions you would be proud to be a part of and volunteer. Don't be afraid to try something new. Theatre is one of those areas where you can enjoy life-long learning.