Nine Questions With…
Stage Director of Sweeney Todd
1. Where were you born / raised?
Born and raised in Chicago Heights, Illinois.
2. If you weren’t a director, what profession would you be in?
I would have been a lawyer. I went to college as a pre-law/poli-sci major.
3. My favorite opera is…
Too hard to answer. I love too many to name a favorite – but I love Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. I love La Bohème. To name a few.
4. People would be surprised to know that…
I was first chair violin in my youth orchestra. I hated it because people could see me play. I didn’t understand it was an honor – it wasn’t until years later that I understood the position.
5. What is your favorite song to belt out at the bar / in the car / for karaoke?
Usually whatever is on the radio.
6. What is your pop culture guilty pleasure?
Say Yes to the Dress. Love watching the salespeople and the manic brides – then there will be some sad story that breaks your heart.
7 A few of my favorite films are…
Rear Window, Swing Time (or any Fred and Ginger film), The Third Man, Field of Dreams. I love a variety of classical and contemporary films.
8. If we were to turn on your ipod right now, what five artists/songs would we see on your recently-played list?
Sweeney Todd – Broadway cast album.
9. What is the worst costume you’ve ever worn?
A costume in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. It was beautiful, but extremely heavy and multi-layered. It could stand on its own and was way too large due to a rapid weight loss – I could practically turn fully around while it stood on its own.
Don’t miss the chance to see Norma’s production of Sweeney Todd, a thrilling American masterpiece! Performances are February 6, 7, and 8 in the Capitol Theater. Tickets start at $25; visit madisonopera.org for more information.