Cabaret 2015: Cast Interview with Katharine Strom

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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!

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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.

Cabaret 2015: Cast Interview with Brad Bone

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Brad Bone returned to Lyric Arts after a 10 year hiatus from the stage, but after making that comeback in our production of "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)," Brad found  himself juggling multiple roles after being cast in both "Young Frankenstein" and "A Christmas Carol—A Ghost Story of Christmas." Featured recently in the Star Tribune, Brad spoke about acting as "a way to eat" and finds Lyric Arts to be "the outlet I've been looking for."

We're very excited to have Brad Bone as a part of our upcoming Cabaret. Described by Resident Director, Matt McNabb as "such a warm person, you're predisposed to like him," we agree, it'd be hard not to. We interviewed Brad about his time with Lyric Arts. Here's what he shared with us.

LA: How did you become familiar with Lyric Arts?

BB: I’ve driven by many times. One day I saw an audition posting for a show that got me to finally pull over. I’m so thankful I did.

LA: How would your life be different if it wasn’t for Lyric Arts?

BB: Without Lyric Arts, I would be living in a rut of structure. Lyric Arts gives me the outlet to explore and be creative.

LA: Why do you choose to share your passion on this stage?

BB: Honestly, for me, it started with location. But what has kept me here is the people and the opportunity to be working in a theater that is growing so fast as well known brand in Minnesota and has the real talent to back it up.

LA: What moment are you really looking forward to this year for Cabaret?

BB: I am really looking forward to a lyrical dance piece that I’m doing with Katherine Storm. It is a far cry from my character roles and has some great challenging lifts that we’re excited to pull off.

LA: What’s been your very favorite number to perform in your acting and singing career so far?

BB: At lyric arts, my only song I’ve really done was the song “Someone” as the Hermit in Young Frankenstein.

LA: Describe a favorite bonding moment with someone at Lyric Arts

BB: There is not one particular “bonding” moment, but I have found that the theater world is a small one. I have run into so many friends or friends of friends from other times in my life. It is great how Lyric Arts brings so many people back together. Way better than Facebook…as I’m not a social media fan.

LA: How and when did you decide to pursue a career in performing arts?

BB: I wish I had a “career” in performing arts, meaning that I didn’t have to go to a “real” job. My first attempt at anything in the performing arts was my senior year in High School. That opportunity opened the door to a BFA in Duluth.

LA: What other hidden talents might lurk below the surface?

BB: it’s a mystery.

LA: If you could live in any time period, when would it be and why?

BB: No better time than the present.

LA: If you could star in any film, which would you choose and who would you play?

BB: Steve Martin in The Jerk!

LA: What are your favorite musicals?

BB: Honestly, I’m not really a musical actor, so I usually don’t watch them. Being in Young Frank was awesome, and it seemed funny, butt I wish I could have seen it.

LA: Let people know what it feels like to spend your time and talents at Lyric Arts. Any stories that help describe this?

BB: I only want to say that I love every moment I get to spend here, but life is a balancing act between roles on the stage and roles as a husband and father.

Cabaret 2015: Cast Interview with Hannah Weinberg

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Hannah Weinberg has been in several productions at Lyric Arts, with her last performance as Edith in Noël Coward's "Blithe Spirit." She has provided choreography for past Cabaret Fundraisers and returns this year to choreograph and perform in our 16th annual Cabaret.

LA: How did you become familiar with Lyric Arts?

Hannah: I auditioned for Hairspray and was offered my dream role of Penny Pingleton.

LA: How would your life be different if it wasn’t for Lyric Arts?

Hannah: I wouldn’t have met my boyfriend. We met in a show here at Lyric and have been together ever since. He’s the best thing in my life and I am thankful to have met here.

LA: Why do you choose to share your passions on this stage?

Hannah: The people! It’s a gift when you can share a stage with your best friends. At Lyric Arts it feels like you are part of a community and something very special.

LA: What moment are you really looking forward to this year for Cabaret?

Hannah: There are a few moments I am excited for. I have two numbers I choreographed and they are going to be amazing! But the moment I think I am really looking forward to is the song I get to sing. Our audiences will be seeing a different side to me and I am excited to share that on this stage.

LA: What’s been your favorite number to perform in your acting and singing career so far?

Hannah: This is a difficult question to answer, but I think if I had to choose one it would be a choral arrangement of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. I am very emotionally connected to it. 

LA: Describe a favorite bonding experience with someone at Lyric Arts.

Hannah: I am not sure I can pick just one, but during “Hairspray” Reese Britts and I thought that Penny and Seaweed should have a totally awesome handshake. At every rehearsal we added a new part to the handshake. It is about 40 seconds long, but it is really awesome. 

LA: How and when did you decide to pursue a career in performing arts?

Hannah: Performing arts has always been apart of my life since I was born. I live and breathe on a stage. There has been nothing else that I have been as passionate about. I believe that in life you only get a few things that you truly love and when those things present themselves you should do everything you can to keep them apart of your life. 

LA: What other hidden talents might lurk below the surface?

Hannah: I can impersonate almost every female Disney character out there. I speak four languages other than English. I make some mean truffles. 

LA: If you could live in any time period, when would it be and why?

Hannah: I would probably say the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s. I like the idea of living in a simpler time. Not so disconnected from the world by electronics and social media, with no distractions when having dinner or a conversation.

LA: If you could star in any film, which would you choose and who would you play?

Hannah: That’s a question with many possible answers. I would say “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and I would love to play Audrey Hepburn’s character Holly Golightly. 

LA: What are your favorite musicals?

Hannah: Les Miserables, Singing In the Rain, Ragtime, Jekyll and Hyde, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Bonnie and Clyde, 1776, Next to Normal, Mary Poppins, Funny Girl, West Side Story, Hairspray, Chicago, Oklahoma…too many others to name. 

LA: If people asked what it feels like to spend time and talents at Lyric Arts, what would you tell them?

Hannah: It’s exciting! They think outside of the box with their shows and try to do something different. Everyone working there is extremely talented in what they do, and everyone is doing it because they love it. I am honored to be a part of it! 

Cabaret 2015: Cast Interview with Patrick Jones

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Patrick Jones

Patrick Jones' first interactions with Lyric Arts began with Rent, at the end of our 2013-2014 season. We've very proud to have him back on the Main Street Stage for our 16th Annual Cabaret Fundraiser. We caught up with him to get a little bit better feel for the man behind the performance, a theme we'll definitely explore in this year's Cabaret. We want to provide an inside glimpse into the lives of the talent that chooses to perform at Lyric Arts. And on this very sunny, warm mid-April afternoon, we'll start with Patrick.

LA: How did you become familiar with Lyric Arts?

Patrick: I auditioned for RENT and was awarded the role of Tom Collins. 

LA: How would your life be different if it wasn’t for Lyric Arts?

Patrick: I would definitely not be as fulfilled—musically and emotionally. Lyrics Arts gave me another chance to share my love of theater. 

LA: Why do you choose to share your passion on this stage?

Patrick: The people! I auditioned to be in RENT. I came back because I fell in love the people and the culture that is Lyric Arts. 

LA: What moment are you really looking forward to this year for Cabaret?

Patrick: Stepping out onto the Main Street stage and being greeted post-show by the loyal members of the Lyrics Arts community. 

LA: What’s been your very favorite number to perform in your acting and singing career so far?

Patrick: I'll Cover You-Reprise from RENT. I am always overcome with emotion by the sense of heartbreak that is present in that piece. 

LA: Describe a favorite bonding moment with someone at Lyric Arts

Patrick: I'm not sure I can pick just one. I had the chance to have a lunch date, post RENT, with two of my favorite people, Nykeigh Larson and James Ehlenz. They were two people that welcomed me to Lyric Arts right away and I am so thankful for that! 

LA: How and when did you decide to pursue a career in performing arts?

Patrick: I wouldn't call it a career. I wish I could!! I have just always had the itch to be on stage and share my passion with others. 

LA: What other hidden talents might lurk below the surface?

Patrick: I am an accomplished swing dancer and can still do a lot of the fancy lifts. 

LA: If you could live in any time period, when would it be and why?

Patrick: I would have to say the 40's or 50's. It was a simpler time that wasn't so dominated by social media. I feel like they were able to have more meaningful, face-to-face conversations without so many distractions. Call me old fashioned! 

LA: If you could star in any film, which would you choose and who would you play?

Patrick: This is a very loaded question considering that I am major film buff. I would have to say Kevin Spacey's character "Verbal" in the film "The Usual Suspects."

LA: What are your favorite musicals?

Patrick: Next to Normal, Jekyll and Hyde, Spring Awakening, Les Miserables, Once

LA: If people asked what it feels like to spend your time and talents at Lyric Arts, what would you say?

Patrick: It is a wonderful community that is way more talented than it gets credit for. The amount of work that goes into each production is amazing and I am so honored to be a part of it! Every time I step foot into the building, I am overwhelmed with excitement! 

See all your favorites at Cabaret!

Hello fans of Lyric Arts! We recently announced the cast of our 16th annual Cabaret! We wanted to make sure you didn't miss the fun, funny, and talented slate of some of your favorites from the Lyric Arts stage!

Make sure you don't miss out on this evening of joy and fun-filled excitement as performers sing, dance, and bring their heart and soul to the stage. Cabaret is our opportunity to celebrate everything that is Lyric Arts and all that's required now...is YOU!

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Our silent auction is already filling with some fantastic prizes, a wine and beer reception, delectable desserts, and all your favorites on the Main Street Stage!

Our 16th Annual Cabaret Cast

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We can't wait for you to see what we have in store for this year's Cabaret! Make sure you grab your tickets now! Plenty of great seats remain including table seating up close and personal right on the Main Street Stage!

We'll see you there!