Virginia - Oklahoma!
How did you get involved with Secondary Characters this year?
I always keep an eye out on all the theatre groups in Abbotsford and Chilliwack, to see what productions are in the works, and musicals are just so much fun to be a part of, so I trekked out to audition for Oklahoma! This will be my third production overall, but my first one with Secondary Characters, which is exciting for me. A bonus for trying out for this production was that I have worked with Emily Hamel-Brisson (Director) before as well as am part of a dance troupe with her and Katrina Barson (Choreographer), so the familiar faces were a welcoming sight to see during the audition process.
So far, what have you enjoyed most about preparing for the role of Virginia?
Singing and dancing are a major part of my life, but choreography is an extra challenge (a most gratifying challenge nonetheless) as I have had no professional dance training growing up. I am an avid swing dancer, and have been for the last 10 years, but to me swing dancing is much easier than choreography in that I don’t really need to think to swing dance. I love the challenge of learning new choreography and have taken the dance routines for Oklahoma! head on as I believe it has made me a better dancer overall.
What do you do when you’re not working on a show?
I already mentioned that I am an avid swing dancer, which takes up a couple nights of my week. I also enjoy dressing up as Disney characters, or other characters from the world of geek, for a variety of functions I attend. I love escaping the world to dive into a good book, or relaxing on the couch with a movie or TV Show, when time permits of course. I delight in time spent with my family and friends and am looking forward to sharing this experience with them when they come to see the show!