Meet Krista Kemp who is performing in White Christmas

Lyric Arts had a chance to interview Krista Kemp, who is performing, as Judy Haynes, in White Christmas. Read on to hear what she has to say about her experience thus far! LA: Tell us a little bit about why this particular play interested you?

KK: White Christmas happens to be my very favorite show!  My aunt, Lynn took me to see it when it came through the Ordway a few years ago and it was one of the most magical theater moments I’ve ever experienced- in fact I took my husband to see it when it returned a few years after that!  Such a feel-good show with so many wonderful songs and dances.

LA: For those that are unfamiliar with White Christmas can you tell us about the show?

KK: White Christmas is a lovely show with big heart- the characters really embrace the Christmas spirit of kindness and giving, and it’s all wrapped up with show stopping song and dance- who doesn’t want a little of that each holiday season!?

LA: Talk about the character that you play in White Christmas. How have you developed this character?

KK: I play Judy Haynes, the younger, slightly mischievous sister.  Judy has a kind heart but definitely knows how to get what she wants. Judy and Betty have a wonderful sister relationship- Judy not only looks up to Betty but is also very protective of her.  If I can manage to bring even the slightest bit of spunk and energy that I’ve been fortunate enough to experience in Judy I will considerate it a huge success!

LA: Why should people come and see White Christmas?

KK: There are just so many reasons!  I’ll just list a few: tap dancing, Irving Berlin, heart-felt moments, tap dancing, showy costumes, AMAZING cast with jaw-dropping talent, and did I mention tap dancing? ; )

LA: Talk about your fellow cast members, how do you see their characters developing? Any that you are particularly amazed at?

KK: So many amazing talents in this group- it is honestly such an honor working with them.  I would have to say that, while I have honestly been impressed by everyone, Regan Duffy, who plays Susie, just blows me away- talk about spirit!  She is always ready to work, definitely knows her material, and on top of it all is just flat out spectacular- what can I say- she’s born with it!

LA: Are musicals easier or harder then straight show or comedies? If so, why?

KK: I would say musicals are easier but that’s probably because I LOVE musicals so very much.  For me, acting is a skill that doesn’t come easily.  It’s definitely something I have to work hard at- so learning music and fun dances isn’t as challenging as trying to portray truth in each character.

LA: What is your favorite musical to watch? 

KK: Hmm… this is a tough one.  I grew up watching musicals instead of cartoons so I have many favorites.  My Fair Lady, Shall We Dance, Funny Face, but Wizard of Oz is probably my all time favorite.

LA: What is your favorite thing to do around the holidays?

KK: Oh, so many fun things- but I have to say decorating for Christmas is one of my favorite traditions.  Ever since I can remember, my family has decorated for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving- no black Friday deals for this family!  We would turn on the Christmas music and turn our entire house into a winter wonderland!

LA: Which do you like better White Christmas the movie or the stage version?

KK: Hands down- stage version- no contest.  The stage version offers more heart- not to mention more wow moments that really are better experienced in live theater- you’ll have to come to the show to find out what I mean!

LA: What is your dream character to play on stage?

KK: I know this is going to sound super cheesy but Judy Haynes is my dream role- has been since I first saw the show and I was incredibly humbled and beyond excited when Becky offered me the role.  I just hope I can bring even the slightest bit of joy to her that I have been fortunate enough to experience viewing.

LA: Please tell us a little bit about yourself?

KK: I am a paralegal at a family law firm by day.  I am married with two adorable kitties.  My husband and I enjoy traveling and spending as much time with our 8 nieces and nephews as possible.   I’ve been dancing since age three and was in my first community theater show at age seven- after that there was just no turning back!