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March 3, 2010

Playing the Role of Olivia, by Amber Mann

Filed under: Back Stage Blog — julianw @ 10:18 am

When approaching the role of Olivia, my first concern was making sure that she was not a “one note” character. She can be rather terse, but I wanted to make sure that she was not always so harsh, and even charming at times. I was also concerned that she has so little time to go from “mourning” to “crazy in love”. I just decided to let the words do the work. If William Shakespeare thought that was enough time for someone to transition between the two….who am I to argue with him. I guess when it really comes down to performing Shakespeare I rely heavily on the text. They are masterpieces. If I truly do my homework and really figure out exactly what is being said….the rest takes care of itself.

As for returning to Charleston Stage, (I was a Resident Actor in 2002-2003) it has been a wonderful experience! It has truly felt like a homecoming. I have had the most amazing time working with other former Resident Actor’s, current RA’s and local actors who have been so welcoming!  It had actually been a couple of years since I had even performed in a show. I was a little nervous about getting my sea legs back, but I could not have asked for a better experience with which to do so. Now, I am just looking forward to the next show I have the opportunity to work on with this wonderfully talented company.

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From left to right: Heath Beam as the Priest, former Charleston Stage Resident Actor Amber Mann as Olivia, and Charleston Stage Resident Actor Justin Tyler Lewis as Sebastian.

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Featured center: Amber Mann as Olivia.

 

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