Number of years performing?
List your most notable credits
Graduated from Randolph Academy's Triple Threat College Program *cough* years ago
Number of shows with High Society Cabaret?
What are your vintage inspirations?
Betty Hutton. I used to be incredibly self-conscious of my facial expressions. I was told in the past that I couldn't play a real person if my face continued to move the way it did. One night, going down the rabbit hole of Youtube, I found a video of Betty Hutton singing Frank Loesser's "The Sewing Machine" from the 1947 remake of The Perils of Pauline. I was in awe; here was a beautiful woman on the screen, scrunching her face, eyes wide open, moving around like a monkey, and sincerely one of the most engaging, exciting performances I've watched since Judy Garland's infamous Carnegie Hall engagement (Of course, I only have the luxury of watching clips on screen). I'm so happy I stumbled upon the late Betty Hutton that late night. Whenever I need a confidence boost, inspiration, or just a few minutes of grinning, I watch Betty Hutton in Annie Get Your Gun, or one of her many 1940's B&W movies.
What is your favourite thing about performing?
Having quick-thinking, open scene partners ready to problem-solve when something unplanned on stage occurs. This line of work is exciting to begin with the immediate validation from an applauding audience, and knowing that your cast has your back and vice versa is just as powerful as that.
What is your dream role?
I have 200 dream roles at least. But I'll stick with three: Charity in Sweet Charity, Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun, and Daphna in Bad Jews
What is your favourite musical and why?
My top ten favourite musicals tend to change, but one that never leaves my list is Company. Stephen Sondheim is notorious for haunting, beautiful, witty, cutting-edge composition and words. While Company is perhaps the straightest of shows of his work, it is successful, in my opinion, of portraying a life of being happy with what you have, despite it not being the norm or what others had in mind. There's a lot of people-pleasing, frustration, and crazy friends who only want what's best for the leading character, Bobby. Whenever I introduce a friend to Stephen Sondheim, after I say "You know! That insanely talented man that wrote the lyrics to West Side Story? HELLO!", I show them the 2006 filmed revival, starring Raúl Esparza or the 1970 filmed recording of Company, featuring the brilliant late Elaine Stritch. They immediately fall in love with the composition and story because while the music isn't as haunting as Sweeney Todd, they relate to Bobby, while seeing their own friends when watching his. I love when my friends who generally "not musical lovers" change their minds after listening to the recording or watching the film. I am also thrilled that Stephen Sondheim is all for Bobby to portrayed by a woman in the future. You know every woman has been singing "Being Alive" at cabarets, anyway!
Any hidden talents?
Manually shredding paper, imitating other people's faces, and being super sexy.
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