Meet Karen Covington-Yow from “Sister Act!”

Tell us a little bit about your past theatre experience. Ever performed at Centre Stage?

I  have been performing off and on since I was a child, but began tackling several shows a year about 28 years ago. I do mostly musicals, but have taken on straight plays a few times over the years. This is my first show at Centre Stage!

Tell us what it’s like to be re-creating characters from a pretty iconic movie!

It is quite a daunting task taking on the role of Mother Superior because the originator of the role is one of the most celebrated actresses in the world, the inimitable Dame Maggie Smith. I feel very blessed and honored to follow in her iconic footsteps, and I really enjoy playing this character! I secretly fantasize about her coming to the show and telling me what a wonderful job I did, or telling me it was rubbish – either way, Maggie Smith spoke to me!

Tell us about your favorite moment in the show!

I think my favorite moment in the show is when Mother Superior complains about her prayers not being answered, to which the Monsignor replies: “Look around.  God has answered your prayers.  You just don’t like the answer.” This sums up life, doesn’t it?  We complain because things aren’t going the way we want them to, and we could be missing out on God’s true plan for our lives.

What’s your way of getting prepared for a role? Any funny/weird superstitions?

I watch/listen to the original to get a feel for the role, and then I create a voice recording of all the scenes I am in. I do different voices for each character in the scene, and they’re pretty bad!  Then I rehearse my lines in the car and talk to myself, and people driving next to me will either be amused or horrifiedI like when I have lines where I’m yelling because that really freaks people out.

Anything else you’d like our audiences to know about you?

I am a recovering/retired trial attorney, a crazy cat lady, and a Disney fanatic! Oh, and this is my 5th time playing a nun.  I should invest in my own habit!

Don’t miss Karen in Sister Act running March 16 – April 8

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