Lyric Arts had a chance to interview Michael Oslund, who is performing as Doc Meyers in Leading Ladies . Read on to hear what he has to say about his experience thus far!
LA: Tell us a little bit about why this particular play interested you?
MO: I enjoy performing comedy. The last play I acted in was a drama and I like the change of pace.
LA: For those that are unfamiliar with Leading Ladies can you tell us about the show?
MO: Two out of work Shakespearean actors decide to impersonate a wealthy woman's relatives to inherit her millions. Then they discover that the relatives are female and they have a decision to make - to head for the hills or stay and play the roles of a lifetime. They decide to stay and the misadventure begins.
LA: Talk about the character that you play in Leading Ladies How have you developed this character?
MO:I play Doc Myers a doctor whose wisdom and medical skills are only surpassed by his good looks and his prowess with the fairer sex. Ha!
LA: Why should people come and see Leading Ladies?
MO: The play may remind people of the movie "Some Like It Hot" without Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemon, but with many other great actors.
LA: Talk about your fellow cast members, how do you see their characters developing? Anyone that you are particularly amazed at?
MO: I can't believe how good the other actors are. My goal is to be the best cast member that I can be.
LA: What do you feel are the "wow" elements of Leading Ladies? Besides me?
MO: I think the actors playing the male/female leads are incredible. People who enjoy well-acted community theater will want to see this production.
LA: What is your favorite aspect of the show?
MO: Watching the men become women is hilarious.
LA: Tell us what is something that you are particular excited about this show coming to together? For example, a certain scene, costumes, set, lights, etc?
MO:It's difficult to answer because we have just begun rehearsals. I think the fact that opening night is six weeks away is exciting and nerve wracking.
LA: Are comedies easy or harder to act than dramas or musicals? If so, why?
MO: They say "Drama is easy; comedy is hard." All three genres have their unique challenges. Musicals can be difficult because you not only have to act but sing and dance. Drama makes you look inside yourself to discover your motivation and that can be daunting. Comedy is hard because of the timing involved and because you cannot ad lib your lines when you are in a scene with the other actors. One misspoken or forgotten word can spoil a joke. You also want to be funny but you can't force the laughs. They come through the interactions of the characters, not through jokes.
LA: What is your favorite comedy (in theater) to watch?
MO: Arsenic and Old Lace
LA: Do you have a favorite theatrical actor that you like to see on stage, either local or national? Why do you like to watch this person on stage?
MO: Hugh Jackman. I've seen him on Public TV when they rebroadcast a production of Oklahoma! and thought that he was great.
LA: To date what is your favorite role that you have played and why?
MO: Butch Honeycutt is a character in the play The Trial of Judas Iscariot. He has a monologue in the play that combined my comedic gifts with drama. People were laughing at the beginning and were choking back tears by the end.
LA: Please tell us a little bit about yourself?
MO: I'm fat, old, and bald and am always confused by the question on the application form regarding hair color. Is "skin" a hair color? I enjoy acting and wish I could do it more often. Unfortunately, I have to work for a living until I'm discovered by a Broadway director who is looking for a fat, old, bald guy.
LA: Any other area that you would like to comment on?
MO: I would like to thank Lyric Arts for the opportunity to be in this play and hope people enjoy it and tell their friends to come out and see it; heck, they can even tell the people they don't like.