Lyric Arts had a chance to interview Camber Carpenter, who is performing as Mrs. Snoring Man, in White Christmas. Read on to hear what she has to say about her experience thus far! LA: Tell us a little bit about why this particular play interested you?
CC: I really wish I could say that I love the movie and watched it with my parents by the fireside in my childhood, but if we’re honest here, I’ve never even seen the movie. I auditioned because I knew it would be a show that my grandma would appreciate. She’s making a 5-hour trip to see it!
LA: For those that are unfamiliar with White Christmas can you tell us about the show?
CC: Two men meet two women, they don’t have snow, but they have a show. The show saves a WWII General’s inn. Then they have snow during the show! Also, Irving Berlin.
LA: Talk about the character that you play in White Christmas. How have you developed this character?
CC:I play Mrs. Snoring Man. It’s strange to be married, because in real life, I am not. However, my stage husband, Jon, is asleep for most of our on-stage marriage, so it’s not too invasive. Anyway, Mrs. Snoring Man is a bit sour on life, except when it comes to winter weather. She thrives in snow. It’s the only thing that makes her happy, besides knitting. I think I’ve figured out a voice and walk for her...I’ve still got some kinks with the knitting, but am fully confident at least fake knitting skills will be stage-ready by opening night.
LA: Why wouldn’t people come and see “White Christmas”?
CC: That’s the question. I can’t think of a reasonable answer to that.
LA: Talk about your fellow cast members, how do you see their characters developing? Any that you are particularly amazed at?
CC: There are some amazing people in this cast! Krista Kemp (plays Judy) is a shining light both on and off stage. Renae Lewis plays Tessie and she stands out to me as an exceptional actress in that she is always thinking of ideas to make the show outstanding. Little things, especially for the ensemble to do in the background. These are the things that differentiate a good show from a great one.
LA: What do you feel are the "wow" elements of White Christmas?
CC: Probably everyone says this, and I’m sure I’m biased as an ensemble member, but those dance numbers will knock you over. Also, the pancake scene, which is not really a scene, it’s just a line.
LA: What is your favorite aspect of the show?
CC: I haven’t seen it in action yet, but I have a feeling the snow machine is going to win my heart.
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?
CC: Oh, I should have mentioned the snow machine here, I guess.
LA: Are musicals easier or harder then straight show or comedies? If so, why?
CC: Musicals are harder in the sense that the actors need to work on music and dancing in addition to the dialogue. But straight plays are usually more difficult in terms of material and emotional depth.
LA: What is your favorite musical to watch?
CC: Man of LaMancha! It inspires me to live upward and tilt at windmills.
LA: What is your favorite thing to do around the holidays?
CC: Having a snowball fight with my brother, age 30.
LA: Which do you like better White Christmas the movie or the stage version?
CC: Since the first question, I still haven’t see the movie, so I definitely prefer the stage version.
LA: To date what is your favorite role that you have played and why?
CC: The witch in “Into the Woods.” WHY? Oh, goodness...she’s got banter, a hook nose that sometimes falls off without enough spirit gum, and then she has a sexy dress at the end.
LA: What is your dream character to play on stage?
CC: Aldonza in “Man of LaMancha.”
LA: Please tell us a little bit about yourself?
CC: I’m just really excited about life. And I love to travel.
LA: Any other area that you would like to comment on?
CC: I’d just like the thank the technical crew for their work. It’s incredible what they do and I can’t thank them enough.