Tell us a little bit about your past experience. Ever performed at Centre Stage?
I have been active in community theater since I was 12. It all started with my love for singing which translated into doing musicals and eventually acting. This is my first show with Centre Stage, and I’m so excited to be a part of it! It is completely different from any show I’ve ever done. This definitely isn’t your typical musical.
Tell us what it’s like to be performing with such iconic characters! Were you intimidated by it? Tell us what you did to prepare to play this character?
Being on stage with the likes of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins, my character, Dyanne, definitely has to hold her own. The bar is set pretty high. But Dyanne has the best seat in the house and gets to enjoy the show of a lifetime! It’d be easy to just let these guys take the show and run with it, but that wouldn’t be doing Dyanne justice. I have been focusing on being a support to the other actors, but also finding those moments where Dyanne can really shine and drive the plot. There is limited information about the woman who was actually there that night, Marilyn Evans, who my character was based on. But I have read up a bit on that as well as the history of the guys she shares the stage with.
Tell us about your favorite moment in the show!
I’d have to say “Let’s Have a Party.”. Being able to let loose and really rock out with these guys is a blast!
What do you do to get ready before a show? Any funny/weird superstitions?
I find that each show lends itself to its own preshow rituals. Some of my favorite show memories are in the minutes we have together before we step out onto the stage. I just love sharing those special moments with a group of people who you know will probably never share an experience like this together again. It’s all about enjoying that time together and letting it fuel your performance as a whole.
If you could sit down to have lunch with any of the guys from MDQ, who would it be and why?
You know, I think I’d most like to have lunch with Sam Phillips. The other guys are a product of what he created for them. If Sam Phillips got behind you, I don’t think there was anywhere you could go but up. He believed in them and gave them the confidence that made them the icons they are to this very day.
Anything else you’d like us to know?
These guys are going to knock your socks off. I’ve been the luckiest girl in the world to get to sit back and watch them bring this music to life every night. Be prepared to have a rockin’ good time!