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September 13, 2019

View an Exclusive Interview with Resident Actor Colin Waters, Starring as Willard in “Footloose”

Filed under: Back Stage Blog — julianw @ 3:35 pm

 

 

Q: You’re a returning Resident Actor! What are you most excited about with joining Charleston Stage for a second year?

I am so grateful to be back with Charleston Stage for a second season. The community of other artists we work with and patrons we interact with are so supportive. I am so excited to gear up for all of the upcoming shows. They’re all so different and entertaining. I am also so excited for another year of TheatreSchool classes and to get back to helping teach so many young theatre artists.

 

 

Q: You are playing the iconic role of Willard. What are you looking forward to with this experience?
One of my favorite things about Willard is how he is presented as such a big, loud personality, but really he’s very gentle. “Mama Says” is a BOP to sing, but I think what most excites me are Willard’s really quirky, fun and sometimes oblivious scenes he shares with other characters throughout the show.

 

Q: Why is Footloose still relevant for audiences to see?
Footloose is a show with crazy vocals and high-energy, challenging dancing. Audiences can’t sit still in their seats and not sing along to the songs. This production is well-known not just in the theatre community but also by so many that grew up watching the movie, so I think this is why audiences enjoy it so much.

 

 

Q: What other roles will you be performing with Charleston Stage this season?
Next for Charleston Stage, I can be seen as: Captain Nimrod in Nevermore! Voyage Into the Netherworld, the Manager in Elf The Musical, Mayor Josiah Dobbs in Bright Star, and I will also be in Our Town and Junie B. Jones: The Musical.  I am also excited to announce that I will be directing The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

 

Q: What makes you “Cut Loose”?
Videos of otters sliding down water slides, feminism, and waking up a few hours before you are supposed to be awake only to realize you get to sleep a few more hours.

 

Final four performances of Footloose run Sept. 19th thru Sept. 22nd at the Historic Dock Street Theatre. Tickets available online by clicking here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 9, 2019

View an Exclusive Interview with Resident Actor Julia Kelly-Davis, Starring as Rusty in “Footloose”

Filed under: Back Stage Blog — julianw @ 10:45 am

 

 

Q: Where did you grow up? Were there any activities you did as a child that led to your passion for the arts?
I grew up in Anthem, Arizona, and I always sang and danced around the house. My first show I ever performed in was Seussical: The Musical when I was 10 years old and I played Gertrude McFuzz!

 

Q: Where did you receive your training? How did this prepare you for your work in the theatre world?
I was a part of my local theatre, Musical Theatre of Anthem. I was able to receive dance training and vocal lessons from the instructors at this company, and they have been such great teachers and role models throughout my life.

 

 

Q: You are playing the iconic role of Rusty. What are you looking forward to with this experience?
I am so excited to be playing the role of Rusty. I love singing “Let’s Hear It For The Boys” with all of the amazing ladies in the cast!

 

Q: Why is Footloose still relevant for audiences to see?
Footloose is such a classic story that all audiences can enjoy. The whole cast has worked so hard on both our dancing and vocals, and we hope to give everyone who comes to see us a great experience through this upbeat musical!

 

Q: You are also a Resident Actor this season. What are you most looking forward to with this experience with Charleston Stage this season?
I’ve already grown so close with all of my fellow Resident Actors, and I can’t wait to continue on this journey with them. We’ve had so many opportunities through both educating and performing to grow in our craft, and we have had the best time doing it.

 

 

Q: What other roles will you be performing with Charleston Stage this season?
After Footloose, I will be playing Annabelle Lee in Nevermore! Voyage Into the Netherworld, The Reverend in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Jovie in Elf The Musical, and Lucy in Bright Star!

 

Q: What makes you “Cut Loose”?
Monday dark days with my RA pals.

 

Performances of Footloose continue running Sept. 12th thru Sept. 22nd at the Historic Dock Street Theatre. Tickets available online by clicking here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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