Samara is part of the Ghost Ensemble in The Art of Living. Here, we asked her a few questions about musicals, the show, and playing a ghost.
Q: What was your first acting experience?
A: I performed as Gloria Rasputin and ensemble in the musical Bye Bye Birdie. It was a great experience to be able to give life to an amazing story.
Q: What’s your favorite show?
A: I particularly love Avenue Q because I had the opportunity to be in it and experiment different feelings from beginning to end. I was very involved in it so I got to really incorporate the character. It was a truly comprehensive acting experience.
Q: What’s great about performing in a musical?
A: A musical is extra special because involves singing and dancing, you can feel every emotion, it’s a different intensity.
Q: What do you enjoy about community theater?
A: We get involved in many ways like building sets, helping with props and add sales. We become very close to our castmates and crew, and help to foment culture in our community together.
Q: What’s your favorite part of the process?
A: Except for auditioning, I love every step of the process, but seeing and listening to the audience’s reactions is my favorite, including bows and meet the cast after the show.
Q: What’s your favorite place inside a theater building?
A: The stage, for sure! Under the lights!!!
Q: Do you have any particular techniques you rely on for getting into character?
A: I research them and try to really incorporate their main characteristics to stay true to what they are supposed to be. I also practice a lot, repetition is really helpful to be in character.
Q: Is there anything about playing a ghost that has you particularly excited?
A: It’ll be interesting to personify a famous person who played a big part in history.
Samara Latremore is very excited to be a part of The Art of Living. It has been a pleasure working on this show with the very talented cast and crew members. It’s an honor to take part in a musical that was written by Dan Gallagher, a local author who is committed to arts advancements in our region. Samara was most recently seen in Parents Just Don’t Understand with CMT. She was also part of Bye Bye Birdie (CMT) as Gloria Rasputin, Avenue Q (CCC) as Christmas Eve, and Phenomenal Woman, Phenomenally (CCC) as Eurydice. Samara is an economist who finds joy in acting and working her artistic side.