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April 25, 2016

Meet Andrea Rausch, Starring as Bird Woman in “Mary Poppins”

Filed under: Back Stage Blog — julianw @ 9:40 am

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Q1: Tell us about your first memory of seeing “Mary Poppins” or reading the books?

I don’t remember reading the books, but I do remember being completely captivated by the movie! I would dance around singing the songs and always wanted to be the guy who sang “I Love to Laugh”, which unfortunately isn’t in the stage production.

 

Q2: What role do you play?   

In this production, I get to play the Bird Woman! I am so excited about this role! The Bird Woman is such a mysterious and mis-understood character. I look forward to getting to know her!

 

Q3: What was the funnest part of the rehearsal process for “Mary Poppins”? 

I am hooked on the entire process of every show. Watching everything come together during rehearsals is so great to watch. Choreography rehearsals are always fun too!

 

Q4: Where are you originally from?

I was born and raised in Southern California. I grew up performing! It was always my dream to be a performer and it amazes me every day that I am living that dream! I have lived all over the country and even spent 3 years living in Japan with my husband and two sons.

 

Q5: How did you get involved in theatre?

I remember the first time I ever did a solo was in Middle School and I was hooked! I continued taking classes in school and after school programs and when I was 16 I asked my Mom if I could get an agent… I was hooked!

 

Q6: Where did you receive your theatre training?  

Toward the end of my Junior year of High School, I decided that I wanted to go to an acting conservatory. I did some research and decided to audition for The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. I was accepted at the beginning of my Senior year and after graduation, I moved to LA to start school. I ended up being invited back for a second year and completing the program! It was an amazing experience and I gained priceless knowledge about performing and the industry.

 

Q7: Tell us about other theatre experiences?

I have had a wonderful opportunity to perform in multiple states and even in Japan. While living in Pensacola, FL, I had the pleasure of working at the Pensacola Little Theatre where I got to play Ado Annie in “Oklahoma”. That was one of my favs!

 

Q8: Are you excited about tap dancing in “Mary Poppins”?

Tapping… I’m excited about tapping… Wait… Never mind… Feeding the Birds… I’m excited about feeding the birds!

 

Charleston Stage’s “Mary Poppins” continues running April 21 – May 1, 2016, at the Historic Dock Street Theatre. For tickets, call (843) 577-7183 or purchase online by clicking here.

 

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Featured: Andrea Rausch as Bird Woman in “Mary Poppins”.

 

 

 

 

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