Meet Linda Monroe, who is performing i the ensemble of Hello, Dolly!. Read on to learn about the rehearsal process, how she is developing her characters, and why you should take a chance on this show!
LA: Where are you originally from?
BC: Originally from Foley, Minnesota, but I’ve lived in Anoka for almost 6 years.
LA: Why did this particular musical interest you?
BC: Any musical interests me to some point, but I always like to try and work with directors I’ve never worked with before.
LA: For those unfamiliar with Hello, Dolly! can you tell us about the show?
BC: Dolly Levi is a “know-it-all” busybody matchmaker who delights in being in the middle of everyone’s business and personal lives. She uses these “talents” to snag the man of her dreams!
LA: Talk about the character(s) that you play in Hello, Dolly! How have you developed this character?
BC: I’m part of the ensemble so I don’t have a specific character to develop, but in different scenes, we have to strike different freeze poses and it’s a challenge trying to come with different, interesting poses.
LA: Talk about your fellow cast. How do you see their characters developing? Any that you are particularly amazed at?
BC: Barb (Hynes-Tomczyk) did a great job casting Hello, Dolly!, particularly Beth King as Dolly – Beth has got the perfect voice and personality.
LA: What are some of the most impressive elements of Hello, Dolly!?
BC: Definitely the voices – the cast has such strong voices, especially our leads!
LA: What is your favorite number of the show?
BC: Motherhood – not so much for the song itself, but for the scene where it is sung – hilarious!
LA: What is your favorite musical (in theater) to watch?
BC: I’m still such a novice at theater, that I don’t have a favorite yet. Anything musical that I’ve seen at Lyric Arts has been fantastic though!
LA: What is your all-time favorite karaoke song?
BC: I love to do Desperado by the Eagles.
LA: What was the first musical you ever saw on stage?
BC: Well, if you count high school stage, when I was much younger, our high school did a melodrama called Love Rides the Rails or Will the Mail Train Run Tonight. My sister was the student director so, of course I had to go and see it! I saw Aida many years ago – I think it was at the Orpheum.
LA: What is your favorite thing about Lyric Arts?
BC:What ISN’T my favorite thing about Lyric Arts! I have enjoyed the last four years here so much – really can’t say a bad thing!
LA: Please tell us a little bit about yourself?
BC: Latecomer to theater – wasn’t really involved until Lyric Arts came along, and now I can’t get enough of it! When I’m not here, I work at the University of St. Thomas in the Executive Education/Professional Development area. In my spare time, I like to do karaoke, home improvement projects, crafts.