Ben Schrade is no stranger to the Main Street Stage, having been a part of three productions as a creative staff member, acted in multiple others, as well as teaching and playing music during education workshops. We're excited to welcome him back to the stage for the Cabaret Fundraiser! Read on for more about Ben and what makes him tick.
LA: What was the first show you were involved with at Lyric Arts? Ben: My first role at Lyric Arts was Gad in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 2011.
LA: How has Lyric Arts changed your life? Ben: In Lyric Arts’ production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, I was cast opposite of a girl I had a crush on, and we played husband and wife. Fast forward; we are now actually husband and wife!
LA: What is the best part about being in a show at Lyric Arts? Ben: Lyric Arts likes to take a show and creatively find ways to enhance or reimagine. This is by rethinking a traditional set design, using unconventional costumes, or using the actors’ strengths and abilities to build a production that is uniquely their own. Creative.
By the end of a show, actors say, “WE should do this next…” or “WE can do this…” Because the actors feel so invested in it, they also want to invest in Lyric Arts. Community.
LA: Without giving too much away, what do you feel are the "wow" elements of the Cabaret Fundraiser? Ben: The cast is wonderfully talented. There won’t be a number you don’t like. Quality.
LA: What three words best describe Lyric Arts? Ben: Quality. Caring. Community.
LA: What is a dream show that you’d love to see produced on the Main Street Stage? Ben: Jekyll & Hyde
LA: What has been your favorite experience at Lyric Arts? Ben: I love accompanying the theater education workshops!
LA: Please tell us a little bit about yourself? Ben: I graduated North Central University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education: Vocal Performance. I started performing in 2006, playing the role of Frederick in Pirates of Penzance, and my latest role was at Bloomington Civic Theater’s Striking 12!. I have been the Music Director at True Light Covenant Church since January 2011, and recently was Music Director for Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type here at Lyric Arts. I’ve been known to longboard to rehearsals, and this summer I will be playing in the pit band for RENT!
LA: Can you give us a clue to which number you’ll be performing in the Cabaret? Ben: Acts 1:18.
LA: Do you ever get stage fright? Ben: Of course, but it’s exhilarating!
LA: What is your biggest acting goal? Ben: Riff in West Side Story
LA: Who is your favorite actress/actor? Ben: David Tennant and Sandra Bullock
LA: What are your favorite plays? Ben: West Side Story, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, House of Blue Leaves, Pirates of Penzance, Company, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, and The Importance of Being Earnest.
LA: Can you share any special ‘tricks of the trade?’ Ben: Don’t let your nerves get the best of you in an audition. Everyone in that room wants you to succeed and be awesome.