Thursday, May 26, 2016

The History Boys - meet cast member Ned Read

What do you find appealing about your character and this show?
I love the fact that this show is simultaneously entertaining, enlightening, amusing, and emotionally compelling.  About Headmaster - I like that he is direct, opinionated, and just a tad irritating.  He's fun to play!

What do you want the audience to take away from this show?
In addition to hoping they will be entertained (and it IS an entertaining play), I hope audiences will find themselves pondering questions about just what "education" is - or should be.  The questions raised about competing goals and values in education, and even about how history is portrayed (and taught) are as contemporary and relevant in the U.S. in 2016 as they were in 1980s England (the era and setting of this play).  I also hope that audiences will be tussling with questions about sexuality and the boundaries and guidelines for appropriate behavior among adolescents and the adults in their lives.  It would also be nice if audiences find themselves wanting to dig a little deeper into history and literature - something I hope equally for myself.

How long have you been acting?  How did you get involved with LTA?
Most of my life - off and on.  I started performing in community theatre in York, Pennsylvania when I was a child; my first "starring" role was Winthrop in The Music Man when I was 10 years old.  Many years later, I went through the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory curriculum in D.C. and have been acting steadily - stage, TV and film - since then.  This is my first show with LTA.  I fell in love with this play 8 years ago when I understudied the roles of Hector and Headmaster at Studio Theatre, so I jumped at the chance to audition for the role of Headmaster at LTA.

What advice would you give others who are interested in working in theatre?
Start somewhere!  Be willing to do small roles and commit to pursuing excellence.  And remember, you can take acting seriously and have fun at the same time.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The History Boys - meet Co-Stage Manager Brooke Angel

How did you get involved with LTA's History Boys and what are your goals as co- Stage Manager?
I'm a glutton for stretching my personal time thin. I've been on a theater kick since November of last year and this is my 7th show in a row. I worked with our producer Mary Beth on her last show, Port City's Fool for Love, and she had asked me to work on this with her. I read the script and told her "I love the show and there's no part I can try out for, so put me down as your Stage Manager".  

What do you hope the audience takes away from this show?
A new perspective on our process of college admissions and an awakening to how children are being taught in school and if it's truly, for lack of a better term, "good."  I'll be honest, I had to read it twice before grasping a lot of the material, but I feel our cast does an exceptional job of portraying the show in a way that the audience will understand the material, and hopefully run with it.

What do you like best about doing this show?
The whole team, hands down.  The cast is so energetic and engaging. Also, being a young female in a basically all male cast isn't so bad either! But seriously, this cast is so talented it's insane!  The technical and production crew is awesome as well!  Surrounding myself with such talented people gives me a chance to observe and learn more about how to excel in all aspects of theater.


Thursday, May 19, 2016

The History Boys - meet cast member Kate Ives

How long have you been acting?  How did you get involved with LTA?
I’ve been acting on and off for 33 years!  (God, I’m old.)  I’ve been trying to get into LTA for a while, but this is the first time the stars have aligned.  I am very thrilled to have been given this opportunity to work with one of the best community theaters in the DMV!

What do you find appealing about your character and this show?
Well, first of all it’s great fun being the only woman in a cast full of charming men!  And I think Mrs. Lintott enjoys it, as well.  She has great affection for her boys even as she pretty effortlessly quells their nonsense.  Her skill as a teacher is very important to her and she has a deep respect for and love of history, while at the same time recognizing how unfair it generally is to women…as she very passionately describes in one of my favorite scenes.

If you could describe your character in one word, what would it be?

What do you want the audience to experience/take away from this show?
One of the reasons I was attracted to this show was because of the teachers I have had in my life as well as the young people I have mentored.  Those who pass on a passion for their subject change your life.  Even if you don’t remember every fact and figure, these people become a part of your cellular structure, they have altered you so fundamentally.  Sometimes they don’t even know they’ve done it, but you never forget.  It is my sincerest wish that everyone in the audience has had a Hector in their life, and that this show touches them and maybe even moves them to reach out and say “thank you.”