Cabaret 2014 performer Colin Hutchins talks talent, dream roles, and happiness. Check out what the actor, most recently seen in Godspell on the Main Street Stage, has to say, and then come see him perform May 9th and 10th in the big show! LA: What was the first show you were involved with at Lyric Arts? Colin: Hairspray was my first show at Lyric Arts, and my first role after I moved to the cities. I played one of the Corny Collins kids (IQ) and had such an amazing time I had to keep coming back.
LA: How has Lyric Arts changed your life? Colin: I have met some truly amazing people through my work at Lyric Arts. Being new to the Cities a year ago, I was apprehensive to jump into the theater scene here, but I've made so many connections and forged so many close friendships that my confidence and excitement have only grown.
LA: What is the best part about being in a show at Lyric Arts? Colin: Everyone is giving their time and energy to projects they want to be a part of, and that dedication really builds a sense of community throughout the casts I've been a part of.
LA: Without giving too much away, what do you feel are the "wow" elements of the Cabaret? Colin: I've said it of all the shows I've been in this year and the Cabaret will be no exception: the depth of talent available at this theater is astounding. We've got a group here with some impressive abilities and I think the audience will appreciate how talented this group of people really is.
LA: What three words best describe Lyric Arts? Colin: Community. Talent. Quality.
LA: What is a dream show that you’d love to see produced on the Main Street Stage? Colin: In the Heights. It's an amazing show with some great themes and messages, killer music, and is really accessible for most of Lyric Arts’ audience. The fact that I'd love to play Benny may or may not have something to do with it, but that's for another interview.
LA: What has been your favorite experience at Lyric Arts? Colin: Dancing. I have some basic skills as a dancer (meaning I can move), but every show I have been in has pushed my dance ability and allowed me to grow and learn in a constructive and creative environment.
LA: Will you tell us a little bit about yourself? Colin: Minnesota born, Wisconsin raised, Minnesota returned. I have a job in healthcare IT that has nothing to do with my major or theater, but it allows me to do what I love on the side. Happy to be in Minnesota again, happy to have been a part of the Lyric Arts family for the last year, and happy to have such an amazing network of friends and peers around me. Basically? I'm happy.
LA: Can you give us a clue to which number you’ll be performing in the Cabaret? Colin: I'm kind of a self-righteous door to door "salesman" in one number, and in the other, audiences will enjoy an adorable taste of what's to come on Broadway in the future.
LA: Do you ever get stage fright? Colin: I don't, really. My mother put together once that my nervousness manifests itself in me being cold, so I guess it's possible I get nervous (read: cold) before going on stage without realizing that it's stage fright?
LA: What is your biggest acting goal? Colin: To keep being happy and excited about the work I do. I've been lucky to play a lot of my dream roles lately, so my goals right now just include doing work I love and to keep loving what I'm doing.
LA: Who is your favorite actress/actor? Colin: I honestly couldn't tell you. I think Audra McDonald is wonderful, so let's say her?
LA: What are your favorite plays? Colin: Too many to say for too many reasons. Suffice it to say that, for how much I love musicals/plays, I have a very small sampling of things I've actually seen/done. Always looking to find a new favorite or something wonderful!
LA: Can you share any special ‘tricks of the acting trade?’ Colin: Love what you're doing and let it show. If people see that you care and are committed, they're going to respond to your ideas (good or bad) in a more positive way and be more willing to work WITH you. Nothing says 'that's someone I want to work with again' better than a positive attitude and demonstrated commitment.