LA: What was the first show you were involved with at Lyric Arts and what was your role? MJH: My first show was Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. I played: Wailing Girl, Mrs Potiphar, Apache Dancer (understudy), Egyptian, *dance captain and... Gad's Wife (I am now really marrying the man who played Gad!)
LA: What does Lyric Arts mean to you as a performer?
MJH: As an amateur actor, I get the opportunity to play roles at the professional level quality and in a fabulous theater with other actors in the same position.
LA: Best part about being in a show at Lyric Arts?
MJH: This sounds cheesy but because each run of a show is so long, similar to professional theaters, you truly become like a little family with the people involved. Because I have done quite a few shows here now and have begun to grow quite a large extended family. And I have so much respect for them. They're all hard workers with professional talent which makes performing so much more exciting and enjoyable.
LA: Talk about your fellow cast members, how do you see their performance developing? Any that you are particularly amazed at?
MJH: I am always impressed with Nykeigh Larson, a little spit-fire! Quick learner and I don't know if I have seen her make a mistake! I also so appreciate Krista Kemp's tapping and positive attitude! She is a wonderful teacher! Kerry Fager, my dance partner is an incredibly gifted and I have not yet danced with someone with so much skill and poise, manly poise that is! What a wonderful performer. But Joe Rand, our fellow performer and choreographer is one of the greatest choreographers I have had the pleasure to work with. He is patient, focused, professional, funny and makes even inexperienced dancers appear brilliant and beautifully trained.
LA: Without giving too much away what do you feel are the "wow" elements of the Cabaret Fundraiser?
MJH: Joe Rand OUTDID himself with our choreography! I cannot wait for people to see some of our fun bets and I am also so exited for the brilliant vocals with the help Kristin Gates. It's really breathtaking.
LA: What three words best describe Lyric Arts?
MJH: Quality. Educational. Enjoyable.
LA: What would be your dream show that you would love to see produced on the Main Street Stage?
MJH: WEST SIDE STORY!!! Or Mary Poppins
LA: What has been your favorite experience at Lyric Arts?
MJH: I love teaching workshops at Lyric Arts, helping the next generation develop a love for the same place I have grown to love. I also loved being apart of the production of Footloose directed by Matt McNabb. That show was incredible.
LA: Please tell us a little bit about yourself?
MJH: I am 22 years old and a graduate of North Central University and an ordained Children's Pastor with a Minor in Theater. I am excited to be married to my once onstage husband, Ben Schrade! I am also excited to be teaching workshops all summer for Lyric Arts! My husband and I will be moving to Anoka Cabaret Opening Night!