Meet Kristo Sween, who is performing in Another Lyric Arts Salute to Broadway Shows We Can’t Afford to Produce. Read on to learn about what his favorite part of the Cabaret is and why he loves Lyric Arts so much. LA: What was the first show you were involved with at Lyric Arts and what was your role?
KS: I played Teddy in Arsenic and Old Lace in 2011. First play for me in 20 years. Lyric Arts was a great place for my “return to the stage.”
LA: What does Lyric Arts mean to you as a performer?
KS: Lyric Arts is a safe, supportive environment for performers to take risks and reach new heights.
LA: Best part about being in a show at Lyric Arts?
KS: Working in a top-notch facility with brilliant, creative cast and artistic staff. I feel like a pro when I’m working here.
LA: Talk about your fellow cast members, how do you see their performance developing? Any that you are particularly amazed at?
KS: I’m amazed at the talent in all my young cast members. They’re keeping me on my toes!
LA: Without giving too much away what do you feel are the "wow" elements of the Cabaret Fundraiser?
KS: The choreography and dancing are going to wow for sure! I’ve heard some of the solos and duets. This is going to be a VERY impressive show.
LA: What three words best describe Lyric Arts?
KS: Supportive. Awesome. Engaging.
LA: What would be your dream show that you would love to see produced on the Main Street Stage?
KS: Fiddler on the Roof.
LA: What has been your favorite experience at Lyric Arts?
KS: I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the shows I’ve done at Lyric Arts, but my favorite experience was watching my daughter Hannah in two productions here. Her shows were my introduction to Lyric Arts and it was a joy to see her be so welcomed and supported.
LA: Please tell us a little bit about yourself?
KS: I’m a husband, a father of 7 year old twins Austin and Henry, and 12 year old Hannah. I work as the Director of Business Development at a law firm in St. Paul. I’m chair of Lyric Arts Actors Council and serve on the board at my church. I’m a food truck addict and really need to brew some beer this summer.