Meet Chris Geisler who is performing in Cabaret

Lyric Arts had a chance to interview Chris Geisler, who is performing in Cabaret. Read on to hear what he has to say about his experience thus far! LA: Where are you originally from?

CG: I grew up in Coon Rapids and have been around the area for a while; I remember when Lyric Arts used to be a movie theater!

LA: Why did this particular play interest you?

CG: My involvement in this production was mainly (director) Matt McNabb's fault... He asked if I'd be in the show for him as well as help with some of the German, and I thought, "What the heck." (This would be my first play ever)

LA: For those that are unfamiliar with Cabaret can you tell us about the show?

CG: The show is a great mix of humor, tough choices, and everyone's attempt at making a terrible and uncertain time into something fun and enjoyable.  Sadly, Reality catches up with everyone, more for some than others.

LA: Talk about the character(s) that you play in Cabaret. How have you developed this character?

CG: I play a variety of little characters throughout the show. The first you'll see of me is as the Customs Officer, I picked up this role since I have a good handle on the German language. Then I'm around the club as a patron, then the Taxi Man delivering Sally's bags, then a Sailor, then finally as a Nazi Thug. Most of my work as been to keep the club looking lively and fun, but we recently started learning the fight choreography and that has been by far the most "work."

LA: What are some of the most impressive elements of Cabaret?

CG: Cabaret doesn't hide much about the issues that are contained within it; the show just goes right out and says what is going on with these wonderful characters and no matter their choices you still feel like they really never have a choice to begin with at the close.

LA: What is your favorite number of the show?

CG: Such an unfair question! So many of these numbers are so entertaining that it's hard to choose; but since I must, I would say "Two Ladies" is my favorite just for the sheer silliness that they go through with the choreography.  I just can't help laughing at it!

LA:  What is something you are particularly excited about for this show? For example, a certain scene, costumes, set, lights, etc?

CG: I get to beat up Cliff about 3 feet from audience members; I'm curious to see their faces and reactions to the sudden violence that occurs right at their feet; it's a very strong moment.

LA:  Are musicals easy or harder to act than other types of theater? Why is this?

CG: I honestly have no clue, this being my first time acting on stage.

LA: What is your favorite musical (in theater) to watch?

CG: I love Wicked. The music gets stuck in your head and the set designs are very inspired. (I saw it in London a few years back.)

LA: Please tell us a little bit about yourself?

CG: I've always be a fan of the arts, first playing trumpet in concert, then marching band and adding in cymbals with drumline in the winter; but I've only ever been a consumer of the theater and never the creator. All day long I work with computers, programs and data to help my company make better decisions, react faster, and save my fellows a few minutes here or there in their day so I really enjoy the chance to use the other side of my brain with this show.