How do you describe yourself as a theater artist?
Brianna: I describe myself as an artist always looking to take risks and try new things; that is truly how you grow as an actor. I've been very fortunate throughout my time studying theater at St. Kate's, as I have been given many opportunities to play a great deal of roles quite different from one another. I've also had opportunities beyond acting, such as directing, assistant stage managing, set construction, and lighting. My exposure to various elements of theater has made me a well-rounded artist and I now have so much appreciation for all the talent that goes into the world of theater on- and off-stage.
All in all, I strive to be the best collaborator I can be. I think that collaboration is what every element of theater is truly about. Theater fills me with so much life and joy. I adore every little, magical, challenging second of it.
Brianna: Revelatory. Dynamic. Fantastical.
How did you get involved in this musical?
Brianna: Into the Woods is being put on through St. Kate's Department of Music and Theater where I'm a Theater Performance Minor. Into the Woods was a highly anticipated show, drawing talent, inquiries, and excitement from all over the Twin Cities. I myself was ecstatic that Into the Woods was going to be our big spring musical, especially since it is my last year at St. Kate's! It's a marvelous show packed with so much: love, loss, journey, magic, beautiful songs, humor...it really has it all!
What's your favorite song from the show?
Brianna: I'm going with the song "No One is Alone." It's such a beautiful number, piecing together various characters' journeys, discoveries, and tribulations. It evokes so much feeling inside of you when listening to it. Just when I think I'm not going to get teary-eyed listening to it for the 100th time, the waterworks come right back. It's a fabulous song, and the actors do it a great deal of justice.
What's the rehearsal process been like so far? What has inspired you and challenged you?
Brianna: The rehearsal process for this show has been an exciting one for me. It had been a couple of years since I had last been in a musical, so it has been a blast getting back into it. Our rehearsals have been an incredibly efficient balance of hard work, learning, and fun. I commend our director, Pamyla Stiehl, for her ability to facilitate this balance as a director; she does it with such grace, intention, and professionalism. We are beyond lucky to have the opportunity to work with her and more importantly, learn from her.
Brianna: I honestly believe almost anyone can appreciate this show. People old and young will recognize these fairytale characters many of us grew up with, but will get to know them in a different light. Not to mention the set, lighting, effects, and entire spectacle as a whole is going to be pretty fantastic. We have an incredible crew that have worked really hard to bring this show to life. I think all audience members will enjoy at least some element of the show (but hopefully all of them!)
How do you promote your theater work and reach out to prospective audience members?
Brianna: I think it goes without saying that social media has been quite a blessing in the promotion world! I definitely always use that to my advantage, posting little photo sneak peeks of our rehearsal process, set, and costumes to get people pumped to come see the show. That usually seems to capture people's attention on social media. However, I have found that in getting people out to see shows, it has always been most effective to personally invite people individually. These days, social media users are so constantly inundated with events and information that I think some things fly right past people. So, I use a combination of promotion tactics in addition to what the publicity team for the show already does.
Ticket Information: Into The Woods at St. Kate's
St. Catherine University Dept. of Music & Theater presents:
Into The Woods
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine
In this prize-winning musical and fairytale for adults, classic characters such as Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack (of beanstalk fame), and many others join together as they undertake their storybook journeys, only to find that “happily ever after” may entail both unforeseen consequences and valuable life lessons.
March 11, 2016 - 7:00pm
March 12, 2016 - 7:00pm
March 13, 2016 - 2:00pm
$7 to $17
2004 Randolph Ave
St Paul, MN 55105