How did you first get involved with Theatre 121?
I had been in the cast of A Few Good Men, which was the final show with TSP before the transition to becoming the organization that is Theatre 121. But, before that, I knew about TSP because I had been in their production of Joseph back in 2001.
What made you want to work/volunteer with Theatre 121?
Everyone involved with this company loves theatre. They work hard to do what they love, and they’re incredibly talented to boot. If I’m going to learn, this is the group I’d want to do it with. (Also, I love the Opera House, but this is a secondary motivation.)
What has been your favorite experience with Theatre 121?
I loved learning about microphones and the soundboard for Matilda. It was the first show I’d done sound for. Every actor had a microphone, and everyone was extraordinarily patient and understanding as I figured out what worked and what didn’t, what sounded good and what made feedback happen. I would do that work again in a heartbeat.
You’ve worked backstage during our production of A Christmas Carol and performed onstage during TownSquare Player’s production of A Few Good Men. Do you have any advice for actors that may want to work backstage?
Don’t be afraid to give it a shot. There is so much more to a performance than acting or singing; working tech in any capacity has always increased my appreciation for a show as a whole. Also, it makes auditions about a million times less stressful, because even if you end up not getting cast, there’s a good chance you can still be involved in the production by doing tech.
What do you do outside of theatre?
I work in IT, but when I’m not at work I’m usually playing video games or playing Dungeons & Dragons. I also tend to knit or crochet whenever I am able to do so.
What is a random fact that no one knows about you?
I play several instruments (although I’m out of practice on all of them) and am attempting to write some music for chamber orchestra during quarantine. It might accidentally turn into a musical.
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