Meet Tyler Casey who is performing in Hello, Dolly!

Meet Tyler Casey, who is performing as the Cook in Hello, Dolly!. Read on to learn about the rehearsal process, how he is developing his characters, and why you should take a chance on this show!

LA: Where are you originally from?

TC: I am originally from Champlin, MN and have lived here all my life. I have been active in theater for many years now just starting with workshops and now making it into shows.

LA: Why did this particular musical interest you?

TC: I had never heard of it before. It seemed really interesting to me after everyone had said many raving things about it. Also because Barb (HT) was directing the show.

LA: For those unfamiliar with Hello, Dolly! Can you tell us about the show?

TC: It was originated in an 1835 English Play, A Day Well Spent. It is a story of a widow who strives to bring romance to others and herself in a wonderful top of the charts restaurant. Takes place in New York City. (My favorite place.)

LA: Talk about the character(s) that you play in Hello, Dolly! How have you developed this character?

TC: I am a townsperson and the Cook. I love both of my characters. The Cook works in the high top restaurant that everyone wants to visit called The Harmonia Gardens. The Cook could have many sides to it and played many different ways, but the way I work is with over the top energy!

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

TC: My fellow cast is wonderful. Everyone is building on each other and learning new things each and every time. Many people have now begun to see how there character acts and how they walk and all the features to their character. Each character is different than someone else and it is amazing to see what people can do. 

LA: What are some of the most impressive elements of Hello, Dolly!?

TC: The scenery is going to be great and the movement we have in this show is fantastic and you won’t want to miss it.

LA: What is your favorite number of the show?

TC: My favorite number in the show is Put on Your Sunday Clothes because of all the dancing and moving around. I love to be one of the dancing couples and it is just amazing what so many people can do and what the choreographer can do to make a show so big.

LA: What is your favorite musical (in theater) to watch? 

TC: My favorite musical to watch in theater is Mary Poppins. I just recently went to NYC and saw 8 shows. Mary Poppins was the best and can’t wait to see it again. Just how she flew over the crowd amazed me and everyone there.

LA: What is your all-time favorite karaoke song?

TC: My all – time favorite karaoke song is One Short Day from Wicked. Love to sing it and try to dance like they do.

LA: What was the first musical you ever saw on stage?

TC: Lion King was my first musical that I ever saw and it was fantastic. If you ever get a chance go see it.

LA: What is your favorite thing about Lyric Arts?

TC: That I can really feel at home and not have to worry about anything. The staff is great and I love to work with everyone. They make it the best and Lyric Arts is for sure my second home.

LA: Please tell us a little bit about yourself?

TC: I’m 14 years old and freshmen in High School. I love to sing, dance, and act. Someday I would like to be a movie star and meet Rebel Wilson. That is my all - time goal in life. I like to experience everything life brings to me. I am very outgoing person and is full of energy. I have a addiction to always trying to beat my best friend in a Wii game called Carnival Games and usually I win. It’s too easy. Theater is my career and my passion and I will always try to pursue my dream and won’t give up. “Enjoy the show!”