What’s challenging about bringing this script to life?
Since it’s a musical I find that keeping the emotional responses and twists and turns realistic is the most challenging – it shouldn’t be saccharin sweet, it should flow and it should connect with the audiences on a very basic human level. Luckily our director and our actors are very capable!
Who should not come see this show?
Someone who has no heart and hates Christmas. So basically the Grinch pre-Cindy Lou Who. But that’s the only person I will accept a declination from.
What will the audience be thinking about in the car as they drive home after this show?
Their dreams and their youth, and what went as planned, and all the things that did not – be that good or bad.
How is this production bringing something new to this story?
I think the cerebral focus of this production is breathing new life into it by focusing on memories and dreams from the past. Aurora has really managed to stage a musical inside of Jo’s mind.
What’s going to surprise people about this show?
I think the depth will surprise people, it may seem silly at first, but Little Women delves into ageless problematic topics that never will be solved – only dealt with in new ways.
Which is the best night to come?
All the nights. Opening because the actors will be full of excitement and ready to go – also the free food. The 20th because it’s a Saturday which is a perfect theater night, bring a date, grab dinner before hand, go crazy! And Sunday because it’s closing, which means the cast and crew will be sad, so the actors’ dramatic scenes are going to be super legit.
Call someone out by name: who must come see this production?
My sisters: Pernille and Emilie! Emilie you are excused if you work, but only then.
Who has the best costume?
Well Rodrigo is pretty fly. Also Aunt March.
Who in the show is most like their character?
Meg… I mean Lisa. Lisa is her name. Whoops.
Who’s the least?
Jarrod. He’s basically a quarter of the age of his character. Also he doesn’t seem to scare Emerson in real life.
Without giving anything away, what’s your favorite line of dialogue?
“Christmas will be gory” – which isn’t technically dialogue, but I’m going to let it count because Jo is addressing others.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
A Unicorn or a dragon. Actually, a hybrid unicorn–dragon.
If someone was going to make your life into a movie, who would play you?
A young Emma Thompson.
Besides this one, what’s your favorite stage show?
Book of Mormon – I got tickets for my birthday, which was super special and so much fun!
Who do you look up to (as an actor/director/etc.)?
Emma Thompson again. She writes, acts… she probably directs. Can’t think of a movie or show she has done, but she probably has and it probably won an Oscar or a Tony.
What’s your perfect Sunday afternoon look like?
Champagne brunch, walk on the beach with a big dog of some sort that I didn’t have to train it just came to me super well behaved, make a delicious salad for lunch with some kind of freshly caught seafood, then a quick drive to the forest (that just happens to be super close by) where I would -still with a dog – hike about and then camp and watch the sunset and read or have in depth conversations by the fire (yes, still with a dog-possibly a human as well).
When you have a five-minute break during rehearsal, what do you spend that time doing?
Writing my rehearsal report so I can go to bed as soon as possible when I get home. Sleep is nice.
Who’s the funniest person in the cast in real life?
Me. Obviously. Although my humor can sometimes be kind of sarcastic, so I am pretty sure most of the cast just thinks I’m mean. But actually I’m just really funny. Really funny.
If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next?
The Lion King musical. I assume the wand would also supply me with infinite funds. And amazing musical directorial abilities.