Lyric Arts had a chance to interview Kate Beahen, who is performing as Brooke Ashton in Noises Off. Read on to hear what she has to say about her experience thus far. LA: Where are you originally from?
KB: Anoka, MN. Happy to be performing in my hometown.
LA: Why did this particular play interest you?
KB: I was anxious to work with Scott Ford, I had heard such great things about him. I was also ready to do a non-musical. It's scary not having my voice to depend on--having to trust myself as a comedic actor is hard, but rewarding. The show is truly brilliant. Well done, Mr. Frayn(Playwright), you have us all doubled over just trying to get through our scenes.
LA: For those that are unfamiliar with Noises Off can you tell us about the show?
KB: It's the hilarity that ensues when a group of truly-ridiculous actors attempt to put on a show with far too many doors, and inconvenient plates of sardines. Seen from every angle---slips, flubs, successes, underwear, secrets and the worst (best) timing in the world.
LA: Talk about the character that you play in Noises Off.How have you developed this character?
KB: Brooke Ashton. Bless her heart. She's a beautiful bimbo. Naive, hard-working, and the worst actress in town. Perhaps the country. I'll just say world. Brooke is that girl that no one wants to tell she should DEFINITELY quit her day job. Do anything else, Brooke, darling. May we suggest swim suit modeling?
I've been playing with a genuinely-delightful side of Brooke. I want her to be lovable. (So when she screws everything up, she doesn't get killed)
I prepare by zoning out in rehearsal, asking stupid questions and periodically taking my clothes off.
LA: Talk about your fellow cast. How do you see their characters developing? Any that you are particularly amazed at?
KB: Where do I begin? Each and every one of my cast members are amazing. Impressive, creative, and fearless. Someone once told me that the key to being an incredible actor is fearlessness. We have that with our cast--all over the place. Be prepared.
LA: What are some of the most impressive elements of Noises Off?
KB: That set! Two levels, twisting like Chubby Checker! Ufda!! Way to go Todd (Set Designer) and Patrick (Technical Director)! And the costumes. Samantha Fromm Haddow has done an incredible job!
LA: For those unfamiliar with a farce, can you explain what it is?
KB: The comedy of impossible situations. Grand hilarity, unbelievable timing, extraordinary physicality and ridiculousness.
LA: Why should people come and take a chance and see Noises Off?
KB: Everyone loves to laugh. You'll start laughing as soon as the play begins and probably won't stop laughing until the following weekend. No guarantees, you may chuckle for a month. The cast is new, fresh and brilliant. Scott has put together something Lyric Arts has never seem before. It will be unforgettable.
LA: What is your favorite theater, movie, and TV comedy?
KB: I learned everything I know about comedy from Lucille Ball and Arrested Development. Timing at its best.
LA: Sum up Noise Off in 3 words?
KB: Dangerous hilarity abounding.
LA: Please tell us a little bit about yourself
KB: I grew up in the Twin Cites, went to school for Music Theatre in Florida and lived in New York City for about two years. I'm usually funny on accident so it's probably best to not ask me to tell a joke, you might be disappointed. Just watch me try to accomplish a daily task and that alone might make you chuckle. I live in Minneapolis with my incredible boyfriend and I work for the Anoka Hennepin School District.
I also want to say how much I believe in and support Lyric Arts. I have watched this company grow into the amazing theater that it has become and it warms my heart and excites me. Lyric Arts has a very bright future in the theater community here in the Twin Cities and I'm honored to be a part of that.