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What sort of person is going to love this character?
Anyone who realizes they have a job to do, they do it well and are happy doing it, but deep down wonder what their life could have been “if only…”

How is this character like you? Different?
We’re similar because I play by the rules most of the time but have a wild side that likes to get out now and then.  I think she’s different than me, well, because she’s a nun and a female and I am neither.

Is it easier to play this character or to be yourself on stage?
My biggest challenge is always to let my character be the one onstage and not be myself.  I have no fear or shyness about being me on the stage, I don’t want people saying “oh look, that’s Roger onstage in a costume being himself”.  I think playing Reverend Mother is easy because I can relate to many of the things she relates to in her day to day management of the different personalities she has charge over.

What do you love about this character?
I love that she can get caught up in the moment, let her hair down (does she have hair?  not sure….) and have a grand time before coming back to reality.  And she can be a little grumpy too.

What’s the biggest challenge about taking on this role?
I think that it is trying to be a guy and play the role of a female nun, without looking like a drag queen or going all Monty Python with the voice.  I think this male cast does a fantastic job of doing just that.  The fact I was encouraged to keep my mustache and goatee is a testament to how funny this production really is.  It’s a lead role, it was my first lead back in 2013 so it was also challenging to be on stage so much.

Besides yourself, what celebrity would you like to see tackle this character?
I’d like to see Jim Parsons (“Sheldon” from Big Bang Theory) in this role for the male cast….it would be fantastic.  Of course, Bob Newhart or Tim Conway would totally ROCK this role.

Besides yourself, which actor in this production is going to blow people away?
Every actor in this production has the right combination of skills for their character to blow people away.  I would have to say Jeff Olsen though because in one instant, he’s the Brooklyn streetwise nun and the next minute, he’s singing the most beautiful song in the production.  “Growing up Catholic”

If you could play any other character in this show, who would it be?
Hmm, once a Mother, always a Mother, I can’t see myself in another role….but I think if I had the ability to sing her songs (which I unfortunately don’t), it would have to be Amnesia.

What makes a good scene partner?
Someone you can trust to have your back, someone you are comfortable being in the scene with so you can let your character rise to the occasion.  I have that with this cast.  I still keep my eye on Doug (he knows why)….lol.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Like Reverend Mother, I am happy with the path I have chosen.  I always wanted to be a performer but realized it’s a challenging job and I wasn’t willing to put in the time.  I would love to do TV Acting though (either Sci-Fi or a sitcom) if I was ever so lucky…but, I’ll settle for the chance at a commercial?

If someone was going to make your life into a movie, who would play you?
Matthew Perry, Tom Hanks?  Clearly I’d say Hugh Jackman but that’s just because he’s hot and women would stare at him…..not because he’s like me.

When did you first perform?
Well, in 5th grade I was Rudolph in our class Christmas play…does that count?  I performed throughout High School and into College, then took a break until 2012 when my daughter got the lead role in Annie at Musical Theatre Village in Irvine.  I joined the cast to be with her and to see if I could still do it after 30 years.  Been going strong ever since….and loving it.

Besides this one, what’s your favorite stage show?
 Book of Mormon.  Wait…watching it or being in it?  I’d never be IN it, but I loved watching it.

Who do you look up to (as an actor/director/etc.)?
I still have nothing but respect for Denise Fenton and Dawn Doherty as directors.  Each has a skill set they use to get the actors to want to better themselves constantly and put up with our antics.  I can hear each of them in my head when I am performing and making choices.

What’s your perfect Sunday afternoon look like?
Football, BBQ, a good John Wayne or NCIS marathon and being totally casual and purging before starting another week.

When you have a five-minute break during rehearsal, what do you spend that time doing?
Uh…that’s personal.   I drink a lot of water during a show, do the math….

Who’s the funniest person in the cast in real life?
We all take turns being funny and playing off each other, that’s what’s so great about hanging out with these folks…Lanette and Jeff are both very funny.

If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next?
I’d love to do Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat again and play “Pharoah”.  But I am excited to be in Annie again after Nunsense is over.

What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage / the curtain goes up?
I am a pacer.  Usually I pop a breath mint, check my pants zipper a hundred times (which I am not sure why in this show since I wear a tunic) and pace around until it’s time to go on, replaying my first lines over and over in my head so I can get into character….or I pee.

More information about NUNSENSE! 

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.