Q&A with the cast of "Dancing with Lughnasa"

Freshman Benjamin Smyth

Major: Theatre

Q: Which character do you play in "Dancing at Lughnasa," And what is that character’s role?

A: I play the role of Gerry Evans. Gerry is the rarely present father of the narrator Michael Evans.

Q: I know you’ve been in at least one other play. What makes you continue to tryout and act in plays?

A: I continue to audition for plays because it’s my passion.

Q: What was the preparation for this play like?

A: Well, as the title suggests, there is a bit of dancing in the show. During callbacks, we had to foxtrot. I really don’t know how to dance, yet somehow I was cast as the guy who teaches dancing lessons in his town. So, learning those dances has been challenging. Gerry is a Welshman. I’ve had a great dialect coach, C.T. Doescher, teach me for the past two months how to speak in a Welsh dialect.

Q: What is your favorite scene in the play?

A: The first scene when I enter and see Chrissie for the first time in 13 months.

Q: Why do you think students should come see the play?

A: The reason we as a cast rehearse tirelessly, three hours a night, often all day Saturday, learn how to dance, learn how to speak in foreign dialects, all for only two credits, is for you. We want to entertain, excite and move you through our performances. If you are deciding between "Dancing at Lughnasa" and a movie, remember this: In a live performance, anything can happen. It’s real, and it only happens once.

Junior Emily Wood

Major: Theatre

Q: What character do you play in "Dancing at Lughnasa," and what is that character’s role?

A: I play Rose, the second youngest of the five sisters. She is a little slow or, as the script puts it, simple. She is very naive, sweet, energetic and likes to laugh a lot.

Q: Have you been in other plays here at SPU?

A: No, I haven’t done any acting since high school.

Q: Do you think you can relate to your character in any way?

A: She loves to be happy and to laugh, and that’s something we have in common.

Q: What is your favorite scene in the play?

A: My favorite scene is when I (teach) Kate Mundy (played by junior Chelsea Humphrey) about Austin Morgan. Rose is utterly convinced that Kate has a crush on him. I like it because it’s fun, and I get to be obnoxious.

Q: Why do you think students should come see the play?

A: Partially because the theatre department is in dire need of support right now. Plus, it’s a look into life in 1936 and a good look into family. The play is bittersweet. There are moments that are happy, with joking and laughing, and then there are moments that are heartbreaking and miserably sad.

This article was imported from The Falcon’s Records
If you find an error, mistake, or omission due to the import process, please contact us.
Original Metadata about the article can be found below

Title: Q&A with the cast of "Dancing with Lughnasa" | Author: Courtney Millan | Section: Features | Published Date: 2009-04-29 | Internal ID: 114