Meet Christy Nix, who is performing in the ensemble in Hello, Dolly!. Read on to learn about the rehearsal process, how she is developing her characters, and why you should take a chance on this show! LA: Where are you originally from?
CN: I’m originally from Dannebrog, Nebraska. Go Huskers!
LA: Why did this particular musical interest you?
CN:I have always loved Hello, Dolly. I grew up watching the movie with Walter Matthau and Barbara Streisand. I think the music is fantastic and the dancing is awesome.
LA: For those unfamiliar with Hello, Dolly! can you tell us about the show?
CN: It’s about a woman named Dolly Levi who is a widow and is ready to jump back on the saddle, so to speak. She has her sights set on Yonker’s businessman Horace Vandergelder, and in the mix of arranging her own marriage, she helps many others find love and experience life as they had not done before.
LA: Talk about the character(s) that you play in Hello, Dolly! How have you developed this character?
CN: I am in the ensemble, which I couldn’t be enjoying more. I get to do A LOT of dancing. It’s a challenge that I am thrilled to tackle. I play a waiter, a float girl, and a townsperson.
LA: Talk about your fellow cast. How do you see their characters developing? Any that you are particularly amazed at?
CN: Oh my word…ALL of them! They are all fantastic! I have to give a shout out to my fellow waiters. Those girls are so talented, and then, of course, Beth, who plays Dolly, is just out-of-this world amazing.
LA: What are some of the most impressive elements of Hello, Dolly!?
CN: The choreography is just so great. As waiters, we are dancing with chairs, glasses, plates, and more! It is so fun and energetic – I love it all!
LA: What is your favorite number of the show?
CN: I really like Put On Your Sunday Clothes and the Waiters’ Gallop. This is a pretty big cast and the big group numbers are going to be really fantastic. Each number has so many elements to it, but they each fit together seamless.
LA: What is your favorite musical (in theater) to watch?
CN: This is just NOT a fair question! Lol I don’t know. I usually love any musical I see on stage. I did get to see The Lion King last winter when it was in town, and that was pretty amazing.
LA: What is your all-time favorite karaoke song?
CN: I really like Lady Gaga’s You and I.
LA: What was the first musical you ever saw on stage?
CN: The first musical I ever saw was Bye Bye Birdie. I was about 11-12 yrs. old, and my cousin’s jr. high school produced it. I LOVED the whole experience. It was one of the first stage productions I saw of any kind, and I blame that show for planting the theatre seed of addiction in my little heart.
LA: What is your favorite thing about Lyric Arts?
CN: Well, have you seen the bathrooms in the lobby? Pretty awesome! For real, though, Lyric Arts is an excellent theatre that produces high quality productions, is actively contributing to the community, and on top of that, the staff at Lyric is amazing. They are super supportive of the actors and the artistic staff for each production.
LA: Please tell us a little bit about yourself?
CN: I am a theatre geek, through and through. I spend my days working at a bank and my evenings playing make-believe on stage. I have a husband who must be insane because he fully supports my cavorting from theatre to theatre and prancing about the house as one character or another. He’s the best. And I have the cutest little fluff ball of a dog named Willow. When I’m not working or acting, I enjoy falling asleep in the middle of movies, scanning Pinterest for projects I will never get to, and chasing the dust bunnies around my apartment.