Lyric Arts had a chance to interview Elizabeth Wolfe , who is performing as Silvie in Oklahoma!. Read on to hear what she has to say about her experience thus far! LA: Tell us a little bit about why this particular musical interested you?
EW: I’ve always been a fan of Rogers & Hammerstein & Oklahoma! is just a classic show. I love it.
LA: For those who unfamiliar with Oklahoma! can you tell us about the show?
EW: It takes place in the early life of Oklahoma & it’s really all about the people of the territory & how they come together to form the state.
LA: Talk about the character that you play in Oklahoma!. How have you developed this character?
EW: I play Silvie, one of Laurey’s girlfriends & she is ready for all the change that’s about to happen in the territory.
LA: Why should people come and see Oklahoma!?
EW: Other than it being a classic, I think it still relates to our society today. There are times our nation (& world) has a hard time coming together to move forward & that’s what Oklahoma! is all about; people of the same community wanting a good life.
LA: Talk about your fellow cast members, how do you see their characters developing? Any that you are particularly amazed at?
EW: I just really enjoy the rehearsal process, because everyone grows & changes from the first rehearsal to the last performance. It’s fun to watch someone develop their character.
LA: What do you feel are the "wow" elements of Oklahoma!?
EW:I would say the music, first of all, is one of the most memorable parts of this show. There are multiple numbers that stay with you long after you’ve left the theatre.
LA: Tell us what you found to be unexpected in Oklahoma!? (It can be anything involving the show; music, script, history, etc.)
EW: I think this show really has something for everyone. People of all ages can enjoy it, which is rare for theatre. I think that’s pretty special.
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?
EW: One of most memorable rehearsals for me was when we staged the number “Farmer and the Cowman”. This is a scene where most of the characters are onstage & it’s really high energy. There’s a lot going on all at once, but everyone really stepped up to the plate.
LA: Are musicals easier or harder then straight show? If so, why?
EW: I think they both come with their challenges, but for me, musicals are more work AND more fun. There are so many elements that go into putting on a musical that the actors equally work hard and enjoy themselves in the process.
LA: What is your favorite musical to watch?
EW: I’ve always loved Chicago. Glam & grit always hooks me.
LA: Being that Oklahoma! takes place during the turn of the century, what do you consider the best invention of this century? Why?
EW: I’d have to say it’s a tie between cars & indoor plumbing, both make life so much easier.
LA: To date what is your favorite role that you have played and why?
EW: I played Mae in Andrew Lippa’s version of The Wild Party & had a total blast. It’s set during the prohibition period of the 1920’s & it’s dark, but has captivating music & characters.
LA: What is your dream character to play on stage?
EW: Roxie Hart (Chicago) because she’s fun & glamorous, & Abigail (The Crucible) because she’s so complicated.
LA: Please tell us a little bit about yourself?
EW: I’m a performer with a degree in Musical Theatre & currently working at the Ordway in St. Paul.
LA: Any other area that you would like to comment on?
EW: Thanks to Dann for this great experience & come see the show!