Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Odd Couple (Female Version) - meet cast member Natalie Fox

Meet Natalie Fox, playing Vera is LTA's upcoming The Odd Couple (Female Version).

What did you find appealing about your character and this show?
I love that Vera is funny without meaning to be because it really makes her an entertaining character to form and play.  This is a really witty and fast paced show with Vera sometimes used as a way to break tension or to change gears.  She's full of random, non sequitur remarks that jar the other characters away from their nostalgia discussion for a moment to marvel in her vapidity.  That being said, she is also well-meaning, helpful and kind person who genuinely adores her friends and loves being around them.

How long have you been acting and what made you get involved with theatre?
I have been acting for as long as I can remember.  Since the time I could walk and talk, I've been putting on skits and shows.  Later in elementary school through middle and high school, I was in several productions and on competitive improv teams.  I knew when I went to college,  I would go to an art school and acting was just a natural choice for me.  I think for some people, there is such a strong pull to screen acting or the theatre; it never leaves you.  You can step away for a few years but it always pulls you back.

How did you get involved with LTA?
I love that LTA is just filled to the brim with incredibly talented and like-minded, creative people.  It's like being at camp when I go to rehearsals!  They're so fun!  I love every second spent in and around the LTA community.  I started out in Mike Baker's acting class on a whim this past fall.  I never thought that I would be auditioning for a show - let alone getting a part so soon after getting back in the theatre swing!  He is an awesome teacher and an incredible actor himself.  I am truly grateful to have been taught by him.

What advice would you give others who want to get involved with theatre?
Volunteer.  Take classes.  Talk to people.  Be brave!  You don't know what you can do until you try it out.  Don't be afraid to audition for something.  Even if you don't get it, take the experience, tuck it away and learn from it to do better the next time, and the next time, and the next time.  Some of the greatest actors have flopped at some point but they get back up and do something awesome the next time.  Everyone who auditions doesn't get a part, so keep trying.  Even if you think your audition didn't go well, the director may see something in you that you didn't know they were looking for.  Most of all, be kind to everyone you meet or know.  Listen and be patient.  Study your lines, follow directions and ask questions.  The more you know, the stronger you get as an actor.
Tickets and info: www.thelittletheatre.com

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Odd Couple (Female Version) - meet cast member Michelle Fletcher

Michelle Fletcher plays Mickey in LTA's upcoming The Odd Couple (Female Version).

What do you find appealing about your character and this show?
Mickey is one of the girls and a true friend (after all she eats Olive's brown sandwiches) and is dedicated to helping the helpless - whether they want help or not!

What have you learned about yourself in playing the role of Mickey?
Trivial pursuit can be interesting.

What do you want the audience to experience from this show?
Neil Simon's keen observation and wicked sense of humor should have them reeling in their seats and the underlying message of "give and take" being crucial to happiness is thought-provoking.  Superbly crafted, The Odd Couple (Female Version) is ideal entertainment for the discerning theatre-goer who likes to laugh!

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

What made you get involved with theatre?  How did you get involved with LTA?
I saw an audition notice and took the plunge!  I am so grateful that LTA has given me the chance to renew with the theatre after a career-driven break.  It is wonderful to feet at home with a whole team putting their experience, talents and creativity towards a common goal - and being able to add my little bit to that achievement.

What advice would you give others who are interested in working in theatre?
Get involved in any way that you can.
Tickets and info: www.thelittletheatre.com