Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Legally Blonde- meet cast member Maria Ciarrocchi

What do you find appealing about your character and this show?
My primary role is Elle’s Mom.  For me the fun part of this role is trying to make her multi-dimensional in a limited amount of time.  Elle’s a pretty awesome person and given her parents' presence in the show it seems as though they have a great relationship so I like to think that Elle got some of her awesomeness from her parents – especially her mother.

What have you learned about yourself in playing this role?
That apparently I am now aging into Mom roles =)

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?
This is such a FUN, energetic show and I hope the audience leaves humming and energized.  But aside from that it’s also a great story about discovering who you are and learning that sometimes the thing you think is the absolute best thing for you turns out not to be but leads you on an unexpected path to extraordinary things. 

How does this show differ from other shows you have worked on?
I think this is the first modern (this century) musical I’ve been in so it’s a slightly different type of music and movement then I am used to – it’s been really fun to learn!

How long have you been acting? How did you get involved with LTA?
I’ve been acting since I was nine.  I took a significant break after college while building my career but missed it so I googled theatres close by, LTA came up and in 2006 I walked through the doors for the first time.  It took me about 5 minutes to know that I wanted to make a home for myself here!

What advice would you give others who are interested in working in theatre?
As an actor, I think the most important thing to understand is that not getting cast in a show is 9 times out of 10 not a reflection on your talent level but rather a whole host of other factors.  Sometimes you just aren’t right for a particular show but the next one you audition for you could be 100% perfect for it.  I think once you understand that then it enables you to be less nervous in auditions – at least that is what happened to me.

What are some of your other interests aside from theater?  Tell us about yourself.
I’ve been in Alexandria for almost 15 years and by day I’m Vice President of Public Policy and Programs at the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Key for Two - meet cast member Charlene Sloan

What do you find appealing about your character and this show?
Key For Two is such a funny show. It has many of the typical elements you find in a British farce. However, in this play the male/female roles are reversed! I love being able to play a strong, confident woman rather than the typical naive or air-headed ladies that are often portrayed in British farces. The role reversal is really fun to do.

What have you learned about yourself in playing this role?
While playing the role of Harriet, I have learned that I don't have the energy it takes to be a cheating wife or girlfriend! LOL! It just takes so much energy to keep up with the lies and the complex scheduling.

What do you want the audience to experience/take away from this show?
I really just want the audience to laugh and have a good time with us! Some theater can really make you think, or ponder important aspects of life. This is not one of those shows. This is just a really fun farce that will make you laugh out loud and most of us don't get enough belly laughter in our lives.

What advice would you give others who are interested in working in theatre?
I would say if you are interested in theater, whether it's on stage or backstage, just do it! Give it a try. Volunteer! What's the worst that could happen? You will likely enjoy it and learn so much about what goes into a show like Key For Two. And you'll learn a lot about yourself. Acting can be very cathartic!!

What are some of your other interest aside from theatre?
I love animals and work a great deal with animal rescue groups.  The main organization I support are Main Line Animal Rescue (www.mlar.org) and Broadway Barks, which is a charity started by Bernadette Peters and the late, great Mary Tyler Moore (www.broadwaybarks.com).  Don't shop, adopt!  I also love making mosaics in my spare time.  I have even sold a few!  I took a mosaics class recently and made a mosiac of my own eye!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Anything Goes - meet cast member Tori Garcia

Tell us about your character?
Hope is such an interesting character to play; she has so many different sides to her! Around her fiancé and mother, she's reserved and tends to keep to herself. However, when she's with Billy, she's flirtatious and fun and allows herself to "let loose". It's fun to bring her character to life from the script to the stage.

What were some of the challenges for you in working on this show?
One of the first challenges brought to light was the difference in age. As the youngest, I was worried about developing relationships within the cast. However, I found myself so comfortable with all of my scene partners and cast-mates. This is one of the most inclusive and friendly groups I've ever worked with in theatre, and I'm loving the rehearsal process so far. 

What do you hope audiences will take away from Anything Goes?
Follow your heart! I don't want to give anything away, but Hope is definitely a character who follows her heart and does what she feels is best.