Friday, December 19, 2014

The Game's Afoot - meet cast member Michelle Fletcher

Meet Michelle Fletcher, playing Inspector Goring in LTA's The Game's Afoot!

What do you find appealing about your character and this show?
She is a misfit and yet takes her job seriously - a credit to His Majesty's Police Force and Middlesex County Police Department is lucky to have her.

What have you learned about yourself in playing this role?
I enjoy a challenge!

What do you want the audience to experience from this show?
The fun and wackiness of a great Ken Ludwig farce and the dedication of the cast and crew in bringing it alive for their entertainment and enjoyment.

How does this show differ from other shows you have worked on?
It doesn't really.

How long have you been acting and what made you get involved with theatre?
I was involved in theatre in Brussels for about ten years. I love the whole team process and the talents I get to meet and the opportunity of contributing something to that.

What advice would you give to others who want to work in theatre?
Get involved in any way you can.

Tickets: www.thelittletheatre.com


The Game's Afoot - meet the director Frank Pasqualino

As a director, I always believe it's a good sign that I find myself laughing out loud when I first read a play.  I have directed farces before, and I have played roles in quite a few murder mysteries, however, I've never before dealt with a show that combines both; The Game's Afoot offered me that pleasure.  It's a fun piece of whodunit nonsense, managing to be both a loving embrace of the Agatha Christie formula of murder mystery combined with the farcical escapades for which Ken Ludwig is famous.

What do you hope the audience takes away from this show?
I hope that The Game's Afoot provokes the same laughs for the audience, along with some serious frights and gasps that it provided to me when I first read the play.

How did you get involved with theatre and LTA?
I have personally been involved with theatre since I was in first grade when I played a blade of grass in the spring pageant at St. Mary Gate of Heaven Catholic School in Queens, NY.  What is it they say?  The roar of the crowd, the smell of the grease paint?  I was hooked then and there.  So here it is, 57 years later and I'm still doing theatre.  In 1984, I came to the Washington area to live.  It was LTA where I first did theatre in this area and to this day, I consider coming home whenever I do a show here.

What advice do you have for others wanting to get involved with theatre?
No matter what your interests, there is a place in the theatre that will satisfy anything you can imagine.  Don't be shy!  Call a community theatre and tell them you are interested in working on a show.  Believe me, they will be happy to have you!

Tickets: www.thelittletheatre.com

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Game's Afoot - meet cast member Patricia Spencer Smith

Meet cast member Patricia Spencer Smith, playing Martha Gillette in LTA's The Game's Afoot!

What do you find appealing about your character and this show?
Well, I am a crazy old lady from Connecticut playing a crazy old lady from Connecticut.  So, there is that!

What have you learned about yourself in playing the role of Martha?
Like Martha, I have many different faces depending on circumstances.  Sweet old lady?  Sometimes.  Demanding mother?  Sometimes.  Crazy as a bedbug?  Sometimes.

What do you want the audience to take away from this show?
I want them to have so much fun that they forget all their cares for at least one evening.  I want them to be swept away by the story, the characters, and the place.

How does this show differ from other shows you have worked on?
I have done several of Ken Ludwig's farces, and several Agatha Christie mysteries, but not both at the same time.  Such fun!  Also, the tech support at LTA is above and beyond any other group I've worked with.  They are phenomenal!

How long have you been acting and what made you get involved with theatre?  How did you get involved with LTA?
I minored in drama in college, then took a long break to raise my kids.  I returned to Southern Maryland/Northern Virginia theatre about 30 years ago.  Ten years ago, I moved to Connecticut and got busy on the stages there.  Now I spend part of my time in Virginia and part in Connecticut.  I think all actors in this area aspire to work at LTA.  I'm proud to say this is my third show here.  Acting is a habit I have no intention of breaking.

What advice would you give others who are interested in working in theatre?
Go for it!  There are so many ways to be involved, and you can keep doing it until your last breath!  And, you meet so many great people, some of whom are sure to become lifelong friends.

 Tickets: www.thelittletheatre.com

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Game's Afoot - meet cast member Melissa Dunlap

Meet Melissa Dunlap playing Daria Chase in LTA's The Game's AFoot!

What do you find appealing about your character and this show?
Daria is smart, witty, and gets to say what she wants because others are afraid of her.  The Game's Afoot is a wonderful combination of mystery and farce.  On the one hand the audience is trying to figure out who did what when, while at the same time laughing at the crazy on-stage antics.

What have you learned about yourself in playing this role?
Usually I am cast as the heroine, so it is a change of pace to play someone less heroic.  I think I've learned that even though I'm small, I can be powerful.

What do you want the audience to take away from this show?
I hope audiences leave having laughed well and with a smile on their faces.

How long have you been acting and how did you get involved with LTA?
I got started in community theater over 20 years ago, took a 17 year break (aka had kids) and returned to the stage just 4 years ago.  I am drawn to the creative process of putting a show together, actors working with directors, actors working with actors, and cast and crew combining talents to create what you see and hear on stage.

This is my first show with LTA.  I've done some other shows in the area and auditioned for The Game's Afoot on a whim.  With other companies, I've had to audition a few times to get them used to seeing my face before I've been cast, so I thought I should start showing up at LTA auditions.  I showed up, auditioned and was cast.  Surprise!

What advice do you have for others wanting to get involved with theatre?
If you are interested in working in theatre, go for it!  Show up, audition, volunteer to help with sets, props, costumes, etc.  I meet such talented, fun and interesting people who act, direct, paint, sew, etc.  Cast or crew, it doesn't matter.  It is all fun and all important for the success of the show.

Tickets: www.thelittletheatre.com

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Game's Afoot - meet cast member Chuck Leonard

Meet Chuck Leonard, playing Felix Geisel, in LTA's The Game's Afoot!

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.

Tickets: www.thelittletheatre.com