Meet Kyle Pedzinski, who is performing in the ensemble in Hello, Dolly!. Read on to learn about the rehearsal process, how he is developing his character, and why you should take a chance on this show! LA: Where are you originally from?
KP:I am originally from Michigan City, IN only an hour from Chicago, then I moved to Colorado the summer of 2009 before my senior year in high school, I lived in 2 different towns there (one of which is Über haunted) and am now I am currently in Anoka since July of 2012
LA: Why did this particular musical interest you?
KP:In my senior year of High School, I was in Choir and I had a friend who would sometimes start singing Cornelius’s part in “Put on Your Sunday Clothes”, at that time I never actually saw Hello, Dolly! So I asked him what it was from and he told me Hello, Dolly! Cause they performed it the year before I got there and I heard about it and it just seemed so fun!
LA: For those unfamiliar with Hello, Dolly! can you tell us about the show?
KP: Hm, well Hello, Dolly! Takes place in 19th turning 20th century New York, and a widowed but brassy Dolly Levi is coming back to town who is famous for her “meddling” and Matchmaking. She is trying to find a wife for the grumpy Vandergelder, but unbeknownst to him she is slowly trying to win his heart, and she also does some matchmaking for some lowly Yonkers clerks, the niece of Vandergelder, and many others!
LA: Talk about the character(s) that you play in Hello, Dolly! How have you developed this character?
KP: Hmmm, well I am in the Ensemble of Hello, Dolly! So I’m in the background singing and dancing, I am also one of the Polka Dancers for a competition at the famous and exclusive Harmonia Gardens, and I am just working on making my part memorable, just like the famous Stanislavsky said there are no small parts, only small actors!
LA: Talk about your fellow cast. How do you see their characters developing? Any that you are particularly amazed at?
KP: I joined the cast like a month late or so and I haven’t known them for too long but, they are all developing well and looking great out there, and seeing Justin and Kerry as Cornelius and Barnaby and also Curtis as Horace, they are really believable and are just doing AMAZING!
LA: What are some of the most impressive elements of Hello, Dolly!?
KP: Well all of it is pretty impressive in itself, but I think the music and the Choreography will catch the audience’s attention as well as some of the actors!
LA: What is your favorite number of the show?
KP: My favorite number is probably It Takes A Woman or Put On Your Sunday Clothes because they are just fun and upbeat!
LA: What is your favorite musical (in theater) to watch?
KP: I would say The Rocky Horror Picture Show because its just a fun musical and the way they interact with the audience and all the stuff they do its just really fun
LA: What is your all-time favorite karaoke song?
KP: Well I like a lot but my favorite overall is probably L-O-V-E by Nat King Cole, because the first time I heard it performed I liked the song then I downloaded it and listened to it a lot! It was actually my first karaoke song ever to perform, and when I was done everyone told me I sounded a lot like the original singer.
LA: What was the first musical you ever saw on stage?
KP: The first musical I ever saw on stage was CATS, I was really young I saw it in Chicago and my first reaction was that was REALLY WEIRD!
LA: What is your favorite thing about Lyric Arts?
KP: Probably just knowing all the different people especially when you are the new kid on the block, and know no one in town besides your family and co-workers
LA: Please tell us a little bit about yourself?
KP: Well I’ve told a bit about me throughout this entire thing, but a little more I guess I could say is I am a Barista at Caribou Coffee, I’m a Pisces, I also look way younger than I really am. I am turning 21 the day after the last performance of Hello, Dolly! , I am also a huge scifi/Marvel Nerd! and of course I love acting, and if I could do anything it would be to go to a performing arts school somewhere in California or New York and hope to make it big! But I hope everyone comes out to see the show, its gonna be a blast!