Beth is playing Sophie Manon in The Art of Living. Here, we asked her a few questions about musicals, the show, and how she got her start as a performer.
Q: What was your first acting experience?
A: When I was really little I saw my sister in Oliver and at the time I was 6 or 7 and wanted to do everything she did, so the following year when the high school (Ausable Valley) needed kids for their production of The King and I I jumped at the chance! I was 8 and have been doing shows since!
Q: What’s your favorite show?
A: My favorite musical is The Last Five Years.
Q: What do you like best about performing in a musical?
A: I had a professor in College named John Shout and he used to say that musical theatre is what happens when words aren’t enough to express your emotion, and I loved that. I think you open up in a more vulnerable way when you sing and it creates really incredible moments.
Q: What is your favorite thing about community theater?
A: The people! I have met some of my closets friends and formed bonds more like family with casts and crews. That is just amazing to me!
Q: Best part of the process?
A: Opening night! There is nothing more satisfying then showing the world what you have been putting so much work into and finally revealing the final product of that work.
Q: What’s your favorite place inside a theater building?
A: I don’t know that I have a favorite, there is just something about being in a theatre in general that’s comforting to me.
Q: Do you have any particular techniques you rely on for getting into character?
A: I just like to try to relate. Every character, no matter how sad, evil, innocent, silly, etc. has something you can relate to and I think the more you find, the closer you come to honestly revealing the character.
Q: Is there anything about playing Sophie that has you particularly excited?
A: I’m excited for a new experience all around! I have never worked on an original play before and the thought of working with the people who created this show is great and a little nerve racking. You want to make sure you do justice to what they have dreamed up!
Beth is a SUNY Plattsburgh graduate with a BA of Arts majoring in Theatre. She is also a member of Alpha Psi Omega, the national theatre honor society. Beth’s favorite roles to date include Cathy in The Last Five Years, Diana in Next to Normal, Christine in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Janet in Rocky Horror Show, Catherine in Suddenly Last Summer, and Stevie in The Goat or Who is Sylvia. Beth is very excited to work with the talented production team and cast on this show. She would like to thank everyone involved for the chance to be a part of The Art of Living.