Lyric Arts had a chance to interview Linda Monroe who is performing in her first production ever in the adult ensemble in Footloose . Read on to hear what she has to say about her experience thus far! LA: Tell us a little bit about why this particular musical interested you?
LM: Footloose was a favorite movie of mine. I love music and have never auditioned before – thought this would be a good intro since there were ensemble parts!
LA: For those that are unfamiliar with Footloose can you tell us about the show?
LM: To me, it’s a story of a teenager making his way through life while helping other people heal from past hurts
LA: Talk about the character that you play in Footloose. How have you developed this character?
LM: I don’t really have a character – I’m part of the ensemble. It’s been interesting developing how to work through different scenes, trying out different scenarios every time to see how they work. Very good introduction to the stage side of theater for me!
LA: Why should people come and see Footloose?
LM: It’s amazing – the music, the dancing – I’m a little awestruck! Hopefully everyone who sees the show will be too!
LA: Talk about your fellow cast members, how do you see their characters developing? Any that you are particularly amazed at?
LM: I’m new to this side of the theater – first time on stage. I’m amazed at ALL the cast members – how they “become” their characters so fast
LA: What do you feel are the "wow" elements of Footloose?
LM: The young people of the cast – they are AMAZING!!!!!! Voices, dance moves are absolutely great!
LA: What is your favorite aspect of the show?
LA: Tell us what is something that you are particular excited about this show coming to together? For example, a certain scene, costumes, set, lights, etc?
LM: This probably is exciting to everyone, but being a newcomer to the stage, I was so excited the first time the whole cast was together and we were blocking, the kids were dancing, etc. First time I’ve seen things start to come together in a show!
LA: What is your favorite play or musical? Why?
LM: I don’t really have any favorites – any kind of musical is good for me!
LA: What is your dream role to play on stage?
LM: Haven’t ever had to think about that – but, I guess if A Star is Born was ever made into a play (maybe it has already?) I would love to play the Barbra Streisand role of Esther Hoffman!
LA: What is the first production you were ever involved with? What did you do in the production?
LM: The first production I was ever involved with was WAY back in high school – I was the student director for Charley’s Aunt. But Footloose is the first production I’ve EVER been on stage for.
LA: Please tell us a little bit about yourself?
LM: I’ve been volunteering at Lyric Arts for the past two years – everything Front of the House – box office, concessions, wine bar, and ushering. I’ve also helped with auditions many times and finally caught the bug!
LA: Any other area that you would like to comment on?
LM: I’m very excited to be a part of this production – everyone is fantastic! I’m hooked!