What drew you to work on this show?
I had been involved with theatre in Chilliwack since 2011 and as a musician, I wanted to see what it was like to be a part of a production from the role of an orchestra member. Sort of combining my two worlds in a way.
What is your past experience with theatre, and what has been your favourite previous project?
I grew up on musicals, and finally got to be part of them in high school. Since then I've been in musicals every year on stage and I love it! My favourite was Anne of Green Gables with the Players Guild in 2014 because of the incredible dancing we had to do. That was a whole new level for me, and a challenge I enjoyed so much to take on.
Who is your favourite character from The Wizard of Oz and why?
My favourite character from the Wizard of Oz has always been the Scarecrow. As a kid I found him the most fun to watch and I suppose I've just carried that with me.
What was your first show ever?
My first show ever happened to be the Wizard of Oz with Sardis Secondary School. I was cast as the Cowardly Lion, and that was an incredibly fun role to play.
What was your primary introduction to the story of The Wizard of Oz, the movie, or the books? And what is your memory of your first impression of the story?
I saw the movie first as a young child. I've since read the book and didn't actually care that much for it. My first impression I can remember was the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer lion at the beginning. That gives you an idea of how young I was when I first saw it.
What is the most exciting element of this story for you?
For me, the most exciting element is how classic and silly it is. It's really become a staple of popular culture, and it offers so many classic quotes. At the same time, it's really all quite charmingly silly: the lollipop guild, the Ms Gultch ordeal, anything with the Oz guard.. It reminds me that it's okay to not be so serious all the time!
How long have you been working in your field for?
This is my first time playing in a pit orchestra, but I've been playing trombone for eight years now, and involved in music for twelve years.
What is your favourite musical of all time, and why?
As my knowledge of musical theatre grew, I began to love Next to Normal, West Side Story, Les Misérables, and anything by Steven Sondheim, but my favourite has to be Singin' in the Rain. Like the Wizard of Oz, I knew this one from when I was just two years old. I would dance and sing around the house, and pretend I was right there with Don, Cosmo, and Kathy (I'm sure we all did this with our favourite movies and TV shows... Right?). I love it because I've always known it, and I adore the classic music and wonderful dancing. I was fortunate enough to get to play the role of Don Lockwood in it with Sardis Secondary, just a year after being in... The Wizard of Oz!