Lyric Arts had a chance to talk with Deborah Schee, who is playing Sugar Lee, in the upcoming production of The Hallelujah Girls. Read on to hear what she has to say about her experience thus far! LA: Tell us a little bit about why this particular show interested you?
DS: It is a show that features “women of a certain age”. There are not many shows like that out there! I loved performing in Steel Magnolias at Lyric Arts in 2004 and this show allows me to have that same “girl fun” again.
LA: For those that are unfamiliar with The Hallelujah Girls can you tell us about the show?
DS: A group of southern women who have been friends for years lose their dear friend at the top of the show. This affects them deeply and they set out to “fix their lives while they still have a chance.” What happens during the rest of the story involves pain, comedy, a villain, and a happy ending.
LA: Tell us about the character that you play. How will audience members identify with this character?
Sugar Lee lost her chance at love right after high school. This shaped her life and she finds herself alone at 50 and working at the local department store doing make over’s. When she loses her dear friend, she is changed forever and adopts a new mission; fixing the lives of her friends. The question is, can she fix hers?
LA: What is your dream role to play on stage?
DS: My dream roles are played by 20 year olds, so I’ve let that go. I love finding new roles for gals my age! I did enjoy playing Golde in Fiddler. I could relate to her, being a mother myself and loved the music.
LA: What is the first production you were ever involved with? What did you do in the production?
DS: I started in High School in Bye Bye Birdie. I was in the “dance ensemble” and played one of the screaming teenagers. I was bit by the acting bug during that show and never stopped.
LA: Tell us a little about yourself?
DS: I live in Medicine Lake (Plymouth area) with my husband and two teen age sons. I work part time as the Lyric Arts Education Director, teach workshops and am an independent contractor for training & development work. I love being outside and cannot wait for spring!!
I am a positive person who loves to have fun and create. Theater and theater education gives me a place to let that creativity run wild. I am extremely loyal to my family and they are my center in life. Everything else revolves around them.