Into the Woods has been a top choice for you and Shelley for several years. Why did you want to do this musical?
Yes, we have always wanted to do Into the Woods, but waited a few years as it’s such a complex show. This year we decided it was time, and I’m very happy with how the show is coming together, with first audience 3 days away! I have enjoyed working on all of our productions so far, for different reasons, but this has easily been my favourite. Composer & lyricist Stephen Sondheim was trained classically, and while his music is stylistically musical theatre, there is so much detail in the score; no matter how long you work on it, you’re always making new discoveries in the music. Sondheim is a master at writing music that fits perfectly with the character and the drama so in this production you’ll never feel like the action stops for a song; music and drama fits seamlessly together.
You had to fly back for this year’s auditions; what have you been up to this year?
I’m currently at the University of Manitoba studying collaborative piano in their Post-Baccalaureate program, which I will finish next year. U of M has a fantastic program and faculty so I’m very excited to be there. I’ve had the best of both worlds though, as I was still able to make it back for Into the Woods auditions in March, as well as spend the summer in BC working on Woods, coaching at the UBC Summer Voice Workshop, playing recitals…and various other projects.
What’s next for Secondary Characters?
To be honest, Shelley and I were just commenting on how neither of us have thought too much past this show yet, as this has been a focus for us for so many years! However, we do have a few top picks, and while nothing is confirmed, I can say we’ve had two show license requests rejected, two approved, and one we’re waiting on. So you can expect an announcement on next year’s show in the fairly near future.