Lyric Arts had a chance to interview Christy Nix, who is performing, as Tomos Trickman, in A Spell of Cold Weather. 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?
CN: The show so perfectly captures a child’s ability to imagine and believe without doubt or skepticism. As adults, it is so easy to get busy and not see the wonder in the world around us, and this show made me want to hold tight to that child-like ease of belief. I hope it does the same for those who come see it.
LA: For those that are unfamiliar with A Spell of Cold Weather can you tell us about the show?
CN: Holly comes to stay with her Aunt Betty and Uncle Bob on their farm while her mother is in the hospital during the week between Christmas and New Years. She’s a bit overwhelmed being in a new place and bummed out that her aunt and uncle don’t seem to enjoy life or have any fun. She meets Tomos, though, and with some music, magic and mischief, the two of them remind Betty and Bob how to kick up their heels and have a little fun!
LA: Talk about the character that you play in A Spell of Cold Weather. How have you developed this character?
CN:I play the fairy, Tomos Trickman. I love Tomos! She is quizzical, ornery, playful, and hungry! I think the lovely thing about Tomos is that she does not hide her emotions at all, and when she feels something, she feels it with all her might! She’s not afraid to dance or laugh when she’s happy, and she loves a good prank! We don’t generally let our true emotions show, but Tomos doesn’t hold back. I have been taken inspiration from children, my dog, Tinkerbell, and Peter Pan for this role, but Tomos is one of a kind for sure!
LA: Why should people come and see A Spell of Cold Weather?
CN: This is the perfect way to spend time with the family and celebrate the wonder of the season! It is a fun and touching show filled with music and dancing. And there’s a talking cow! What more could you ask for!
LA: Talk about your fellow cast members, how do you see their characters developing? Any that you are particularly amazed at? CN:This is a great cast! Tara and Brad, who play Betty and Bob, have created such a great progression from being awkward and bummed out at the beginning of the show to being joyful and excited about life by the end. Also, Morgan has given Holly a perfect balance of innocence, vulnerabilty, curiosity, and eagerness. She's great!
LA: What do you feel are the "wow" elements of A Spell of Cold Weather? CN: The “wow” element of this show is that it just has everything! There is humor, dancing, singing, games, magic, audience interaction, talking animals, fairies...it's really just an awesome script! And when brought to life on stage, it might make you wonder if maybe fairies are real after all!
LA: What is your favorite aspect of the show?
CN:The interactions between the talking animals and Bob, Betty, and Holly are a lot of fun. I particularly enjoy the contrast between Betty’s denial that she’s talking to an animal and Holly’s wonderment at seeing an animal talk on her very first visit to a farm.
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?
CN:As I’m playing Tomos, the cow, the rooster, and the dog, I’m pretty excited about my costumes! The costume department has really done an awesome job, in my opinion, on all the costumes, and I’m excited to incorporate them into my characters. I also get to do a lot of dancing in this show, which as been quite a bit of fun for me!
LA: What is your favorite kids play or musical to watch (eg: Charlotte’s Web, Annie)?
CN:I have always loved Beauty and the Beast. I was always a bookworm as a child, and I connected with Belle in that way, I think.
LA: What is your favorite thing to do around the holidays?
CN: I love spending time with my family for the holidays, and one activity in particular that I look forward to is making Spritz cookies with my Mom and sisters. We are pretty excellent cookie decorators, and, of course, we do frequent taste tests to make sure they are turning out perfectly!
LA: To date what is your favorite role that you have played and why?
CN: My favorite role that I have played so far is Wanda in Christopher Durang’s Wanda’s Visit. It has certainly been the most challenging role I have ever had, but because of that, one of the most fulfilling as well.
LA: What is your dream character to play on stage?
CN:I have always wanted to play Puck in A Midsummer’s Night Dream! I am more drawn to roles that are the least defined. There is more room to create a unique performance with a character that is not human because there is really no limits to how such a creature would move and speak and exist. The whole idea of Shakespeare writing fantastical characters is just awesome, and I would love to dig my toes into that role someday!
LA: Please tell us a little bit about yourself?
CN: My husband Josh and I moved to the Twin Cities area about five years ago, but we are both originally from Nebraska and are devoted Cornhusker fans. We have a little dog named Willow. I work as a personal banker at Beacon Bank and enjoy reading, running, going to movies, and, of course, participating in theatre as much as possible.