How is Beth like you? Different?
Beth and I are similar in the sense that we are both introverts to different degrees. I would rather stay at home or go out with a few close friends while Beth was terrified of being around unfamiliar people at all, I’m not quite that shy. I would also say that I am like Beth in how I treat people with kindness but I can be a little sassy at times, which is not like Beth at all.
What sort of person is going to love this character?
I have always considered Beth to be a lot like Prim from The Hunger Games. She is very gentle, gentle, complacent, and enjoys serving others. If you like Prim as a character, you’ll like Beth’s character.
Is it easier to play this character or to be yourself onstage?
I think it is always easier to play someone else (anything else really- a dog or a tree) than yourself onstage. The reason why I love performing so much is it allows you to escape from your life and enter someone else’s reality.
What do you love about this character?
I absolutely adore Beth’s selflessness, she always puts others before herself even when her own well-being should be the first thing on her mind.
What’s the biggest challenge about taking on this role?
Both of the times I have had the opportunity to play Beth I have struggled with capturing Beth’s gentleness and still giving her energy. It can be hard to separate the timidity when she is exposed to other characters and the enthusiasm when she is playing with her sisters. However, this challenge is what I love most about playing Beth.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I have so many things that I would like to do, or could picture myself doing. I have always seen myself pursuing performing in some form but then I would also really love to have a family and a stable home. I have also gone back and forth between microbiologist, editor, and FBI agent so my future career is kind of a toss up.
Besides this one, what’s your favorite stage show?
My favorite show is definitely Cinderella. When I saw it in New York, the moment she stepped into the ball in the white ballgown I started to cry. Then, I cried through all of Act II. It was incredibly embarrassing.
Who’s the funniest person in the cast in real life?
Everyone is so amusing in their own quirky ways. Whenever something that is sort of funny happens, Lisa will just crack up, and that only makes me laugh harder. Everyone has their moments of hilarity, I enjoy being around all of them on and off the stage.
What is the last thing you do before you step out on stage?
Typically, I hop in place a couple of times and do some stretching. It helps me get out any nervous jitters as well as get my energy up for when I go on.
Little Women the Broadway Musical opens Friday, Dec 19, 2014 and runs through Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014.
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