We’re excited to have Warren Sampson joining us on the stage again to perform in the 15th annual Cabaret Fundraiser! Previously seen on the Main Street Stage in Annie, Death of a Salesman, and Hormel Girls, Warren shared with us why he loves Lyric Arts, and some of his tricks of the trade.
LA: What was the first show you were involved with at Lyric Arts?
Warren: I was Drake in Annie. Incredible fun!
LA: How has Lyric Arts changed your life?
Warren: I have met so many great new friends and have found a new place to see shows with my family.
LA: What is the best part about being in a show at Lyric Arts?
Warren: The people you meet!
LA: Without giving too much away, what do you feel are the “wow” elements of the Cabaret?
Warren: The variety of songs and of shows presented.
LA: What three words best describe Lyric Arts?
Warren: Creative friendly people!
LA: What would be a dream show that you’d love to see produced on the Main Street Stage?
Warren: Jesus Christ Superstar.
LA: What has been your favorite experience at Lyric Arts?
Warren: Shaking hands with the man who actually knew the Hormel family and crafted the tombstone of JC Hormel.
LA: Can you give us a clue to which number you’ll be performing in the Cabaret?
Warren: I’m the old guy representing ‘Old Musicals!’
LA: Do you ever get stage fright?
Warren: Every. Single. Time.
LA: What is your biggest acting goal?
Warren: To stay active long enough to give Lear a real run for his money.
LA: Who is your favorite actress/actor?
Warren: Gary Oldman
LA: What are your favorite plays?
Warren: Macbeth, Betrayal, the Music Man
LA: Can you share any special ‘tricks of the acting trade?’
Warren: Acting is more ‘detail stuff’ and less ‘emotional stuff’ than you realize. And I find it works better if you don’t think as much about becoming the character, but instead find ways for the character to become you.