Cabaret 2015: Cast Interview with Hannah Weinberg

Hannah Weinberg

Hannah Weinberg

Hannah Weinberg has been in several productions at Lyric Arts, with her last performance as Edith in Noël Coward's "Blithe Spirit." She has provided choreography for past Cabaret Fundraisers and returns this year to choreograph and perform in our 16th annual Cabaret.

LA: How did you become familiar with Lyric Arts?

Hannah: I auditioned for Hairspray and was offered my dream role of Penny Pingleton.

LA: How would your life be different if it wasn’t for Lyric Arts?

Hannah: I wouldn’t have met my boyfriend. We met in a show here at Lyric and have been together ever since. He’s the best thing in my life and I am thankful to have met here.

LA: Why do you choose to share your passions on this stage?

Hannah: The people! It’s a gift when you can share a stage with your best friends. At Lyric Arts it feels like you are part of a community and something very special.

LA: What moment are you really looking forward to this year for Cabaret?

Hannah: There are a few moments I am excited for. I have two numbers I choreographed and they are going to be amazing! But the moment I think I am really looking forward to is the song I get to sing. Our audiences will be seeing a different side to me and I am excited to share that on this stage.

LA: What’s been your favorite number to perform in your acting and singing career so far?

Hannah: This is a difficult question to answer, but I think if I had to choose one it would be a choral arrangement of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. I am very emotionally connected to it. 

LA: Describe a favorite bonding experience with someone at Lyric Arts.

Hannah: I am not sure I can pick just one, but during “Hairspray” Reese Britts and I thought that Penny and Seaweed should have a totally awesome handshake. At every rehearsal we added a new part to the handshake. It is about 40 seconds long, but it is really awesome. 

LA: How and when did you decide to pursue a career in performing arts?

Hannah: Performing arts has always been apart of my life since I was born. I live and breathe on a stage. There has been nothing else that I have been as passionate about. I believe that in life you only get a few things that you truly love and when those things present themselves you should do everything you can to keep them apart of your life. 

LA: What other hidden talents might lurk below the surface?

Hannah: I can impersonate almost every female Disney character out there. I speak four languages other than English. I make some mean truffles. 

LA: If you could live in any time period, when would it be and why?

Hannah: I would probably say the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s. I like the idea of living in a simpler time. Not so disconnected from the world by electronics and social media, with no distractions when having dinner or a conversation.

LA: If you could star in any film, which would you choose and who would you play?

Hannah: That’s a question with many possible answers. I would say “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and I would love to play Audrey Hepburn’s character Holly Golightly. 

LA: What are your favorite musicals?

Hannah: Les Miserables, Singing In the Rain, Ragtime, Jekyll and Hyde, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Bonnie and Clyde, 1776, Next to Normal, Mary Poppins, Funny Girl, West Side Story, Hairspray, Chicago, Oklahoma…too many others to name. 

LA: If people asked what it feels like to spend time and talents at Lyric Arts, what would you tell them?

Hannah: It’s exciting! They think outside of the box with their shows and try to do something different. Everyone working there is extremely talented in what they do, and everyone is doing it because they love it. I am honored to be a part of it! 

Cabaret 2015: Cast Interview with Patrick Jones

Patrick Jones

Patrick Jones

Patrick Jones' first interactions with Lyric Arts began with Rent, at the end of our 2013-2014 season. We've very proud to have him back on the Main Street Stage for our 16th Annual Cabaret Fundraiser. We caught up with him to get a little bit better feel for the man behind the performance, a theme we'll definitely explore in this year's Cabaret. We want to provide an inside glimpse into the lives of the talent that chooses to perform at Lyric Arts. And on this very sunny, warm mid-April afternoon, we'll start with Patrick.

LA: How did you become familiar with Lyric Arts?

Patrick: I auditioned for RENT and was awarded the role of Tom Collins. 

LA: How would your life be different if it wasn’t for Lyric Arts?

Patrick: I would definitely not be as fulfilled—musically and emotionally. Lyrics Arts gave me another chance to share my love of theater. 

LA: Why do you choose to share your passion on this stage?

Patrick: The people! I auditioned to be in RENT. I came back because I fell in love the people and the culture that is Lyric Arts. 

LA: What moment are you really looking forward to this year for Cabaret?

Patrick: Stepping out onto the Main Street stage and being greeted post-show by the loyal members of the Lyrics Arts community. 

LA: What’s been your very favorite number to perform in your acting and singing career so far?

Patrick: I'll Cover You-Reprise from RENT. I am always overcome with emotion by the sense of heartbreak that is present in that piece. 

LA: Describe a favorite bonding moment with someone at Lyric Arts

Patrick: I'm not sure I can pick just one. I had the chance to have a lunch date, post RENT, with two of my favorite people, Nykeigh Larson and James Ehlenz. They were two people that welcomed me to Lyric Arts right away and I am so thankful for that! 

LA: How and when did you decide to pursue a career in performing arts?

Patrick: I wouldn't call it a career. I wish I could!! I have just always had the itch to be on stage and share my passion with others. 

LA: What other hidden talents might lurk below the surface?

Patrick: I am an accomplished swing dancer and can still do a lot of the fancy lifts. 

LA: If you could live in any time period, when would it be and why?

Patrick: I would have to say the 40's or 50's. It was a simpler time that wasn't so dominated by social media. I feel like they were able to have more meaningful, face-to-face conversations without so many distractions. Call me old fashioned! 

LA: If you could star in any film, which would you choose and who would you play?

Patrick: This is a very loaded question considering that I am major film buff. I would have to say Kevin Spacey's character "Verbal" in the film "The Usual Suspects."

LA: What are your favorite musicals?

Patrick: Next to Normal, Jekyll and Hyde, Spring Awakening, Les Miserables, Once

LA: If people asked what it feels like to spend your time and talents at Lyric Arts, what would you say?

Patrick: It is a wonderful community that is way more talented than it gets credit for. The amount of work that goes into each production is amazing and I am so honored to be a part of it! Every time I step foot into the building, I am overwhelmed with excitement!