Lyric Arts had a chance to talk with Amy Luedtke, who is performing in Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. 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?
AL: Lilly is based on wonderful books—I love hearing people’s excited reactions about Lilly, and this is my first opportunity to be in a production at Lyric.
LA: For those that are unfamiliar with Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse can you tell us about the show?
AL: Lilly is a spunky, imaginative girl dealing with the challenges of having a new baby brother and having new friends and a new teacher at school. Lilly is a diva who needs to learn to when it’s appropriate to have the spotlight. The show really captures the enthusiasm and humor of childhood without being condescending to young audiences.
LA: Tell us about the character that you play. How will audience members identify with this character?
AL: I play Lilly’s mother, who loves Lilly very much but is often a little harried and clueless and doesn’t quite know how to handle Lilly. Many of us have been lucky enough to have such well-meaning moms and/or are well-meaning parents and adults sometimes overwhelmed by the energetic children in our lives.
LA: What is the most challenging part of being in a production like Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse?
AL: It’s a fast-paced show with several short scenes and quick, back and forth dialogue. You really have to be on your toes and pay attention to stay on track.
LA: Tell us if you think it is important that adults and children are in shows together?
AL: Yes, I’ve definitely been inspired by the energy, hard-work and creativity of my young castmates. They are uninhibited and fearless and I aspire to be more like them. Theater is also an amazing way to build community and anytime we can create intergenerational connections, it enriches children and adults.
LA: What have you learned about being in a children-focused production?
AL: Not to take anything for granted, to appreciate the basics (for example, if the audience can’t hear and understand the actors the show is in big trouble) to be flexible and willing to try anything.
LA: What is your favorite play or musical? Why?
AL: It’s hard to pick but “Into the Woods” is one favorite. I love musicals and this one if funny, poignant and complex and explores life’s contradictions. By playing with familiar fairy tales it encourages us to rethink assumptions.
LA: What is your dream role to play on stage?
AL: I don’t have a dream role, but as I’ve mostly done comedic character work, it would be exciting to tackle the challenge of bringing a more three-dimensional, realistic character to life. I would also love to be in a show with my husband that gave us the chance to act together.
LA: What is the first production you were ever involved with? What did you do in the production?
AL: I can’t remember exactly but one of the first was “Alice in Wonderland” the summer before I started 6th or 7th grade. I was the March Hare. I still remember those songs!
LA: Tell us a little about yourself?
AL: Most of my time and energy goes into work and theater (either being in shows or seeing them), but my husband and I are also actively involved with our church. I like to run, attend folk and indie rock concerts, and go out to eat with friends (I love spicy vegetarian Thai and Indian food). We have two dogs (who probably think they need more attention) and two cats. I love to travel and am very excited about an upcoming Scotland vacation.