Lyric Arts had the opportunity to sit down with Barbara Hynes-Tomczyk, the director of A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas, and talk about what makes her show such a great one! Read the interview below.
LA: Tell us a little bit about why this particular show interested you.
BHT: It included working with children and adults. Also, Laura Ingalls is a very integral part of our Minnesota heritage.
LA: For those that are unfamiliar with A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas can you tell us about the show?
BHT: The theme of the show is finding "your truest, best thing." It is a touching story with some real life lessons for all of us, both children and adults.
LA: Why do you think people, especially in the Midwest, love the stories from Laura Ingalls Wilder?
BHT: The stories have a universal appeal The Ingalls family faces many of the same problems we all face. In addition, the character of Laura is such a feisty, yet thoughtful, young girl.
LA: Being that this is your first time directing at Lyric Arts, what has your experience been like?
BHT: I absolutely love it. There's a great feeling of support and respect from all the staff here. Actors, actresses, directors, stage managers, costumers and production staff are all working toward the same goal-quality productions that are great learning experiences and fun for everyone. Thanks so much to the organization and support here at Lyric Arts. I'm very impressed.
LA: What do you feel are the "wow" elements of A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas?
BHT: The simplicity of the set and costuming. A great deal is done with very little.
LA: Comment on the talent level in the cast.
BHT: Our cast has a large age range and amazing talent. Because they have so little to work with in terms of set and props, their acting ability needs to carry the show - and it does!
LA: Why should people come out and see this Christmas production?
BHT: It's a simple reminder about what's important in life. There's some great advice given and lessons learned.