- Where you were born/where were you raised? I was born in Downers Grove, IL and raised in Lisle, IL (both are in the western suburbs of Chicago)
- Zodiac sign? Aries
- What are/were the careers of your parents? My father owns a flooring business & my mother was a teacher + swimming and diving coach
- Do you have any Siblings?: I have six sisters and one brother (I'm the 6th child)
- Where were you trained?: For school, I studied theatre and Russian language at Northern Illinois University and the Moscow Art Theatre in Russia. I've taken other classes at various other places since graduating: Shakespeare with Susan Hart and Jeffrey Carlson, Aloft Circus, Actors Gymnasium, Bristol Renaissance Faire, MACE Stage Combat Courses, Clown with Victor Quezada- Perez through Trap Door Theatre - to name a few.
- Current favorite audition song or monologue to use: Neely from "The Secret Lives of Losers" - a contemporary monologue
- What skill(s) are you excited to share with the audience of Shockheaded Peter?: Stilt walking & dancing
- Why did you want to be a part of Shockheaded Peter? I had never heard of the musical until the audition. When I read more into it and saw how Black Button Eyes wanted to incorporate interesting skills, I became very excited and wanted to be a part of it. I don't often get to break out my more bizarre skills on stage! It has also been a long time since I've done musical theatre which is very exciting!
- Current or recent show in Chicago (other Shockheaded Peter) that you think is must-see: I don't have a particular show currently in mind, but I always suggest looking into productions done by Steep Theatre and Manual Cinema. They do high quality/ beautiful work.
- Some favorite musicals: Hard to pick, but since I was a kid I've always had a soft spot for "The Music Man"
- Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager: I played Winnie the Pooh for a community theatre in Naperville my sophomore year of high school
- Worst onstage mishap: I was in a haunted house and working a room where myself and other performers would wear these masks and dart around the room (towards patrons) with foam weapons. The masks had poor periphery vision. Another performer and I collided, I tripped over his back leg (in front of audience members), tore a muscle in my ankle, and had to hobble back stage. Several months of physical therapy followed.
- Worst job you ever had: Jimmy Johns
- Craziest audition story: Around the Holidays a couple years ago, a friend who had discovered I was having trouble finding a decent Christmas tree I could afford offered me a small fake one she said she never used. The night and area she said she would be in Chicago and could drop it off happened to be the night and location I had an audition. She said she would meet up with me beforehand. I was under the impression that this tree was very small (by the way she talked about it). I pictured it to be 2 ft at the tallest and easy enough to carry/ stow to the side when I arrived at my audition. So when she showed up with a 4 ft tall tree (all put together because she couldn't find the box and it still had it's lights wrapped around it) I wasn't sure how this was going to pan out. It's not every day you get to walk into an audition with a Christmas tree and have the monitor and others auditioning look at you like you're crazy. I was very happy to have the tree, but I didn't get a callback to that show...
- Role(s) you’ve been dying to play: Peter Pan
Our awesome costume designer, Beth Laske-Miller, shared with me some photos of the costumes she's put together for our Shockheaded Peter photo shoot this weekend. These may still evolve or be switched out before they're used in the final production- but aren't they terrific? : - )
This coming weekend we have one of my favorite parts of any production process- our photographer, Cole Simon, will be getting together some of our cast members to do a photo shoot. Cole (of Cole Simon Photo) will be collaborating with our awesome costume and props designers to put together some awesome images to whet everyone's appetite for the production. We've been collecting claws, scissors, accordions, facepaint, and other assorted goodies for the shoot, and I'm tremendously excited; Cole does excellent work, as you can see from some of his production photos below (from Coraline and Goblin Market). I'll post the new photos here once they're ready.
Hi there! We've got a million things to do between now and the start of rehearsals for the show, just after July 4th. But I just wanted to give you a taste of some of the awesome talent and skills we'll have on display during the show. If you catch this production, you'll see at least one actor who:
-Can walk on four foot stilts -Is an advanced ballet dancer and also plays alto saxophone -Plays accordion -Plays a grab bag of other instruments including cello and melodica -Is skilled at shadow puppetry -Can tumble, contort and do other assorted physical feats
Suffice to say, I'm beyond pumped to get started with everyone. This is going to be something special.
Hi everyone! Just getting things off the ground here at the new Black Button Eyes Productions website. Feel free to take a look around- we have information on the first show of our fourth season, Shockheaded Peter and will be adding additional nifty information very soon. Thanks and welcome!