Tell us a little bit about your past theatre experience. Ever performed at Centre Stage?
Yes, I consider CentreStage my home theatre! I most recently co-directed and choreographed Million Dollar Quartet and was last seen as “Lucy Harris” in Jekyll and Hyde. When I am not here in the lovely Greenville I live full time in Chicago , so I really get the best of both worlds.
Tell us about your character in the show. What was your process in getting prepared for the role?
I will be playing The role of Molly. The last three shows I have done have all been very specific time period pieces, which called for lots of prep into dialect and culture distinctions. Even though this piece is set into more of the modern age, we are still placing it into the early 1990’s which I grew up in so it has been a lot closer to home and given me more time to focus on who Molly is as a person. She is an artist , a partner, and a friend. Exploring a person so close to my heart who I truly connect with who’s world crumbles around her through tragic lose is challenging but beautiful. I hope I can make her as real to the audience as she has become to me.
“Ghost: The Musical” is based off the hit 1990 movie with Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg. What’s it like recreating such a loved story and characters?
I love the original movie and I know everyone does too! It has been amazing to have such excitement and positive buzz surrounding this show but Demi Moore left some pretty big shoes to fill. The obstacle we all face is recreating such beloved characters in our own way , with our own interpretation, while still paying homage to those great actors. I want to make Molly authentic , and that looks much different on me then it did on Demi. I just hope the audience connects with me and Sam the same way they did years ago. That’s what makes the story timeless and the characters so strong. And the answer to the question everyone keeps asking me is yes, we will be doing the pottery scene. Which seems to be the first question everyone asks me…. which I love !
This show takes place in the 90’s, which seem to be making a huge comeback lately. What is your favorite 90’s fashion trend that is coming back today?
I love the 90’s! My favorite trend that have been brought back are overalls!!! I would wear them everyday if I could! I also love the flannel shirts and leggings trend . Also let’s bring back that big hair.
Centre Stage is producing the Regional Premiere for “Ghost: The Musical”. What is it like working on and bringing a brand new show to the Upstate community?
I love that Centre Stage has the opportunity to bring new works to the upstate, and I’m so honored to be a part of it. It gives me the chance to see the role through fresh eyes and gives the audience a chance to be surprised and to view without past judgement. Which is an amazing and special experience that does not happen often in theatre.
Anything else you’d like our audiences to know about you?
Just that I’m so excited to be back! I’m so blessed to be able to work with such talented people with great hearts and minds. What we have here in the upstate is so special and the fact I get to work with the brilliant Glenda ManWaring again is the best treat of all. I will never stop learning and growing by working with her and I’m thrilled that this show gets to flagship modern technology and effects with creative purpose, please come , enjoy, and be blown away!