The Hills Are Alive!
nytheatre.com q&a preview by Ashley Ball
July 22, 2012
What is your job on this show?
Actor - I play Fräulein Mathilde Van Klapp..
Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
I was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and raised in a really wonderful nearby town called Cochrane. I went through the Theatre Arts program at Grant MacEwan College (in Edmonton, Alberta) under the direction of the late, great musical theatre genius Tim Ryan. Then, as many Canadians tend to do, I headed for Phoenix, AZ. I received my Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre Performance from Arizona State University - go Sun Devils!!! (Sure, I TOTALLY went to football games! *cough, cough* Score a hole-in-one or hat trick or something!...)
If you're a New Yorker: why is FringeNYC an important part of the summer theater scene?
This is your opportunity to see the next big smash hit at its very inception! A lot of really successful shows have gotten their start at FringeNYC. You can be a true hipster and say, "Oh, I was a fan of [insert show here] before anyone ever heard of it. Now let's go ride our fixed-gears to Williamsburg and pick up some more moustache wax!"
How did you meet your fellow artists/collaborators on this show?
I met them through a classic ol' New York audition! When Eric and Frankie (Johnson, composer and book writer/lyricist) were putting together the initial workshop, they posted audition notices via several outlets, at which point I submitted a headshot/resumé, got called in, sang, got called back, sang some more, and got cast! I've been with the show ever since, and am just in awe of the team they've assembled. We ALL like each other. Like, really. A LOT. We're like a big happy family, sans the drunk uncle that shows up at every holiday with a new girlfriend.
Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
If you had ten million dollars that you had to spend on theatrical endeavors, how would you use the money?
I like Eric's answer. I would use the money to give myself a raise. (KIDDING! jkjkjkjkjk) If I had ten million dollars, our show would have a lot more zip-lining in it.