LA: Why did this particular play interest you? CW: I had heard great things about Lyric Arts and wanted to get involved!
LA: For those that are unfamiliar with Cabaret can you tell us about the show? CW: The historical context is, to me, the most interesting part – if you are interested in the social goings-on in Berlin during the Nazi party’s rise to power, this is definitely a show that will stimulate the mind!
LA: Talk about the character(s) that you play in Cabaret. How have you developed this character? CW: I am in the Ensemble and play a waitress at the Kit Kat Klub. I am currently finishing Isherwood’s ‘Goodbye to Berlin‘, which gives incredible insight into the life infused into Cabaret. Having been a server in many bars and restaurants, I am trying to entrench myself in the Klub and envision what life would have been like for a young woman working as a waitress.
LA: Talk about your fellow cast. How do you see their characters developing? Any that you are particularly amazed at? CW: I have been continually impressed with the talent, dedication, and professionalism of the cast.
LA: What is your favorite number of the show? CW: I am currently loving the Money Song. The juxtaposition of doll-like dancing and a critical look at the political and economic situation of the time is eerily beautiful.
LA: What is something you are particularly excited about for this show? For example, a certain scene, costumes, set, lights, etc? CW: I can’t wait to see all the costumes and the opening number!
LA: Are musicals easy or harder to act than other types of theater? Why is this? CW: Music and singing are my first loves, so for me, musicals are easier. I connect to them and gravitate toward them.
LA: What is your favorite musical (in theater) to watch? CW: My current top three are Wicked, In the Heights, and Billy Elliott.
LA: Could you please tell us a little about yourself? CW: I am thrilled to be working with Lyric Arts and participating in something that breathes life into me! When I’m not rehearsing, I am working on the reading list for my first year of graduate school. I am pursuing a Master’s in Development Studies and Food Security. I plan on someday serving in the PeaceCorps, touring with a Broadway show, and living on a sustainable farm. Not all at once, though. That would be tiring.
LA: What was the first musical you ever saw on stage? CW: My high school’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.