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What sort of person is going to love this character?
I think many people will love Mother Superior for different reasons. I think they can all relate to an authority figure, who tries to handle situations that get out of control. They will like the unexpected surprises in the show when the nuns find themselves out of their element. A comedy of errors to be sure.

How is this character like you? Different?
I am very much like Mother Superior. She enjoys being in charge, but also likes to let loose. You can tell that she likes to have fun. Differences would be that I am not as mean. Sister Mary Regina can be pretty stern with the other sisters.

Is it easier to play this character or to be yourself on stage?
I love playing Mother Superior. I think it is easier to play her than to be myself on stage. There is some forgiveness for her dancing and other antics because of her being a nun. I fear I would never be granted that exception.

What do you love about this character?
Mother Superior is a very authentic character. I love her back-story, and her devotion to the sisters, the convent and to the cause. She is witty, and spontaneous. I love that in her.

What’s the biggest challenge about taking on this role?
For a musical this role is very dialog driven. It can be challenging learning so many lines.

Besides yourself, what celebrity would you like to see tackle  this character?
I would love to see Maggie Smith do this role.

What makes a good scene partner?
All the nuns have a go with The Rev. Mother, but I suppose Susan Lopez as Sister Hubert would be the one. We work very well together, and can feed off of each other while in character at the drop of a hat.

If someone was going to make your life into a movie, who would play you?Bette Midler comes to mind. Brassy, ‘belter’ plus fun and outgoing.

Besides this one, what’s your favorite stage show?
Too many to list. But my favorites to be in would be Dolly Levi in ‘Hello Dolly!’ And Miss Hannigan in ‘Annie!’

Who do you look up to (as an actor/director/etc.)?
I really owe my recent roles to Dawn Doherty and Denise Fenton. Not only are they wonderful directors, but down to earth people as well.  Plus, both have trusted me to do some pretty non-standard  characters for a middle-aged/senior woman. (ie: men’s roles).

What’s your perfect Sunday afternoon look like?
A perfect Sunday is going to Church, then breakfast and either seeing a movie, a show or sit and watch tv with my son David.

Who’s the funniest person in the cast in real life?
Everyone in the cast and in the men’s cast have such great senses of humor….but I suppose Roger, Jeff, and Susan crack me up the most.

What do you do when you’re not doing theatre?
I teach 6th grade Language Arts and Social Studies. In particular ‘Ancient Cultures and Comparative Religions’. I am also very involved with my church choir, praise singing and handbells.

 If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next?
I like that ‘Annie!’ may be in my future soon, But I would love to do ‘Mama Mia’ That would be perfect.

What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage / the curtain goes up?
I actually like to stand alone in the wings stretching, and limbering up as I listen to the overture. I stay quiet, and think about what my character is doing before she (or he) enters the scene. Unless someone starts me laughing……
Then it’s all over!

On the Edge Theatre Productions at the Laguna Hills Community Center is delighted to present onstage in February a musical comedy that will tickle your funny bone – NUNSENSE opens Saturday, February 7 and runs through Sunday, February 15, 2015.

Female cast includes: Lanette Gutman, Susan Lopez, Kerry Hedley, Rebecca Rubino, and Teri Griffin. The female cast performs Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. (doors open for this performance at 1 p.m.); Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 14 at 2 p.m.; and Feb. 15 at 5 p.m.

Male cast includes: Roger Sloan, Doug Harris, Alex Delahunty, Jeff Olsen, and Parker Griffin. The male cast performs Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m.; and Feb. 15 at 2 p.m.

Performances will be held at Laguna Hills Community Center, 25555 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Seat reservations can be made through February 4 by calling 949-707-2692 or emailing dwalezak@ci.laguna-hills.ca.us. After Feb. 4, tickets can also be purchased at the door.

More information about On the Edge Theatre Productions go to www.otetheatre.com.