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Meet “Hallelujah Girl” Deborah Schee

March 16th, 2011

Lyric Arts had a chance to talk with Deborah Schee, who is playing Sugar Lee, in the upcoming production of The Hallelujah Girls. Read on to hear what she has to say about her experience thus far!

LA: Tell us a little bit about why this particular show interested you?

DS: It is a show that features “women of a certain age”.  There are not many shows like that out there!  I loved performing in Steel Magnolias at Lyric Arts in 2004 and this show allows me to have that same “girl fun” again.

LA: For those that are unfamiliar with The Hallelujah Girls can you tell us about the show?

DS: A group of southern women who have been friends for years lose their dear friend at the top of the show.  This affects them deeply and they set out to “fix their lives while they still have a chance.”  What happens during the rest of the story involves pain, comedy, a villain,  and a happy ending.

LA: Tell us about the character that you play. How will audience members identify with this character?

Sugar Lee lost her chance at love right after high school.  This shaped her life and she finds herself alone at 50 and working at the local department store doing make over’s.  When she loses her dear friend, she is changed forever and adopts a new mission; fixing the lives of her friends.  The question is, can she fix hers?

LA: What is your dream role to play on stage?

DS: My dream roles are played by 20 year olds, so I’ve let that go.  I love finding new roles for gals my age!  I did enjoy playing Golde in Fiddler.  I could relate to her, being a mother myself and loved the music.

LA: What is the first production you were ever involved with? What did you do in the production?

DS: I started in High School in Bye Bye Birdie.  I was in the “dance ensemble” and played one of the screaming teenagers.  I was bit by the acting bug during that show and never stopped.

LA: Tell us a little about yourself?

DS: I live in Medicine Lake (Plymouth area) with my husband and two teen age sons.  I work part time as the Lyric Arts Education Director, teach workshops and am an independent contractor for training & development work.  I love being outside and cannot wait for spring!!

I am a positive person who loves to have fun and create.  Theater and theater education gives me a place to let that creativity run wild.  I am extremely loyal to my family and they are my center in life.  Everything else revolves around them.

Evolution of a Set: “The Hallelujah Girls”: Day One

March 16th, 2011

Evolution of a Set: The Hallelujah Girls: Day One:

Evolution of a Set: The Hallelujah Girls: Day One: First step, get that floor painted.  Just look at what those guys can get done with paint.  It looks just like a real wood floor!

Evolution of a Set: The Hallelujah Girls

March 15th, 2011

Well folks, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat had a fabulous run, but you know us, it’s already time to move on to The Hallelujah Girls.  And just so you can stay on top of all of the action we’ve got Evolution of a Set: The Hallelujah Girls!

Evolution of a Set: The Hallelujah Girls: Artist’s Renderings:

Set Designer Laura Lawson provided these renderings to guide Patrick as he and the Tech Crew get ready for opening night.  Super secret behind the scenes data ahead…the set will be revealed in stages!

Evolution of a Set: The Hallelujah Girls: Artist’s Rendering One:

Evolution of a Set: The Hallelujah Girls: Artist’s Rendering One: Here’s our first rendering from Laura Lawson. You can just see a hint behind the curtains of what’s coming next.

Evolution of a Set: The Hallelujah Girls: Artist’s Rendering Two:

Evolution of a Set: The Hallelujah Girls: Artist’s Rendering Two: With a little hard work and polish, those Southern belles are moving right along.

Evolution of a Set: The Hallelujah Girls: Artist’s Rendering Three:

Evolution of a Set: The Hallelujah Girls: Artist’s Rendering Three: And here’s the final stage, complete with a  custom neon sign! Isn’t it fabulous?!

Keep checking back to keep track of our progress!

Meet “Hallelujah Girl” Jean Shore

March 14th, 2011

Meet Jean Shore

Lyric Arts had a chance to talk with Jean Shore, who is playing Carlene Travis in the upcoming production of The Hallelujah Girls. Read on to hear what she has to say about her experience thus far!

LA: Tell us a little bit about why this particular show interested you?

JS: I played “Miss Stephanie” in To Kill a Mockingbird at Lyric Arts a few years ago and was looking for another opportunity to perform here.  The script for The Hallelujah Girls is a great ensemble piece and all the parts are for “mature actors”!

LA: For those that are unfamiliar with The Hallelujah Girls can you tell us about the show?

JS: Sugar Lee purchases an old church with hopes to renovate it into a day spa.  But her arch rival, Bunny Sutherland, has other ideas to stop Bunny in her tracks.  It’s a play about life long friendships and what they’ll do to help each other in time of need.

LA: Tell us about the character that you play. How will audience members identify with this character?

JS: I play Carlene Hart Waldrup Mukewater Travis who, unfortunately, has not been very successful with husbands.  In spite of it all, she’s one of the most grounded and realistic women in the group and is always able to maintain a sense of humor.  She’s the kind of person you’d want as a friend.

LA: What is the most challenging part of being in a production like The Hallelujah Girls?

JS: Although it takes place in the South in a beauty parlor, it’s not Steel Magnolias!   The audience will try to compare the two plays, but all of these characters have issues that contribute equally to the story plot.

LA: What is your favorite play or musical? Why? 

JS: My favorite musical is Oliver.  I remember taking my little brother to see the movie and, to this day, we call each other when it’s on TV!

LA: What is the first production you were ever involved with? What did you do in the production?   

JS: When I was a freshman in high school, I was part of the chorus of The Music Man and danced the Shipoopi!

LA: Tell us a little about yourself?

JS: I got interested in acting over 20 years ago when I took a “Creating a Character” class at the Guthrie Theater.  This marks my 50th production since then!  (I guess I got the “bug”!)  I have served on the Board of Directors at Theatre in the Round since 1998.

I used to love to act so I could forget the workplace and stresses of my day job.  But now I work for a video production company called Tremendous! Entertainment where every day is, well, tremendous!  I’m surrounded by a talented, hard-working, fun bunch of people, and I can honestly say I love to go to work.

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