Lyric Arts had a chance to talk with Jean Shore, who is playing Carlene Travis 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?
JS: I played “Miss Stephanie” in To Kill a Mockingbird at Lyric Arts a few years ago and was looking for another opportunity to perform here. The script for The Hallelujah Girls is a great ensemble piece and all the parts are for “mature actors”!
LA: For those that are unfamiliar with The Hallelujah Girls can you tell us about the show?
JS: Sugar Lee purchases an old church with hopes to renovate it into a day spa. But her arch rival, Bunny Sutherland, has other ideas to stop Bunny in her tracks. It’s a play about life long friendships and what they’ll do to help each other in time of need.
LA: Tell us about the character that you play. How will audience members identify with this character?
JS: I play Carlene Hart Waldrup Mukewater Travis who, unfortunately, has not been very successful with husbands. In spite of it all, she’s one of the most grounded and realistic women in the group and is always able to maintain a sense of humor. She’s the kind of person you’d want as a friend.
LA: What is the most challenging part of being in a production like The Hallelujah Girls?
JS: Although it takes place in the South in a beauty parlor, it’s not Steel Magnolias! The audience will try to compare the two plays, but all of these characters have issues that contribute equally to the story plot.
LA: What is your favorite play or musical? Why?
JS: My favorite musical is Oliver. I remember taking my little brother to see the movie and, to this day, we call each other when it’s on TV!
LA: What is the first production you were ever involved with? What did you do in the production?
JS: When I was a freshman in high school, I was part of the chorus of The Music Man and danced the Shipoopi!
LA: Tell us a little about yourself?
JS: I got interested in acting over 20 years ago when I took a “Creating a Character” class at the Guthrie Theater. This marks my 50th production since then! (I guess I got the “bug”!) I have served on the Board of Directors at Theatre in the Round since 1998.
I used to love to act so I could forget the workplace and stresses of my day job. But now I work for a video production company called Tremendous! Entertainment where every day is, well, tremendous! I’m surrounded by a talented, hard-working, fun bunch of people, and I can honestly say I love to go to work.