Katharine Strom first became a part of Lyric Arts when she auditioned for Young Frankenstein at the beginning of our 2014-2015 season. As a part of the cast of Into the Woods and instructing education workshops to joining the upcoming cast of Boeing Boeing, Katharine has made fast friends with cast, crew, staff, and others at Lyric Arts. The following is an interview we has with Katharine recently about her participation in our 16th annual Cabaret. We also had the pleasure of sitting down with her after a Cabaret rehearsal to visit about her Lyric Arts story. Enjoy
LA: How did you become familiar with Lyric Arts?
KS: I auditioned last spring on a whim and was so impressed by the professional yet friendly atmosphere, that I came back to audition for "Young Frankenstein" in July! Playing Elizabeth Benning was such a delight!
LA: How would your life be different if it wasn’t for Lyric Arts?
KS: Honestly, if it weren't for the people and productions at Lyric, my acting career wouldn't be what it is today. I've done some of my best work here as well as met two of my closest friends, Molly and Ben Schrade.
LA: Why do you choose to share your passion on this stage?
KS: Performing puts an actor in a vulnerable place, but the audiences and staff here are incredibly supportive. The production quality really puts this theater above many others. I am continually impressed by the artists here at Lyric Arts.
LA: What moment are you really looking forward to this year for Cabaret?
KS: The lyrical dance number choreographed by Molly. It has been such an inspiring piece to work on and what a treat to dance with THE Brad Bone!
LA: What’s been your very favorite number to perform in your acting and singing career so far?
KS: I played Judy Bernly in “9 to 5: The Musical” during my undergrad at NDSU. Her solo number, “Get Out and Stay Out” is still one of my favorite pieces to perform. Such a cathartic and kick arse number to sing!
LA: Describe a favorite bonding moment with someone at Lyric Arts
KS: As I mentioned previously, I met my best friend, Molly Jo during “Young Frankenstein” last fall. She invited me out for sushi during the run and the rest is history.
LA: How and when did you decide to pursue a career in performing arts?
KS: My last year of high school was when I decided to pursue a career in fine arts. It took two years of community college to solidify my plan to major in theater.
LA: What other hidden talents might lurk below the surface?
KS: Bird Calls. It truly is a gift. Common loon, wild turkey, mourning dove…the list goes on.
LA: If you could live in any time period, when would it be and why?
KS: The 80s. So many terrible but awesome trends, songs and movies!
LA: If you could star in any film, which would you choose and who would you play?
KS: Any Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen film. I would play both twins, obviously.
LA: What are your favorite musicals?
KS: Sunday in the Park With George, The Last Five Years, West Side Story, The Wild Party, Oklahoma! to name a few.
LA: Let people know what it feels like to spend your time and talents at Lyric Arts. Any stories that help describe this?
KS: My time on and off stage at Lyric Arts has been inspiring. The experiences I’ve had and continue to have encourage me to further my craft and better myself as an actor, singer, dancer and teacher.
KS: Lyric Arts feels like home and it just feels so good.