Stories & Cast Interviews

Friday, March 13, 2009

Bambi in a habit!

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Bambi Jones plays the testy Sister Mary Hubert, a drill seargent of sorts..I asked her a bit about her habits!

I was born and raised on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I attended St. Paul the Apostle School for grade school, then Professional Children's School for high school.  When I was a kid, friends of our family did commercials and introduced me and my brother to their agent. It all took off from there. 
I saw Nunsense in New York when it was at the Douglas Fairbanks Theatre and loved it! It hit home since I spent 8 years in Catholic School.
I first met Danny Goggin briefly1993 when I was working in Sydney, Australia and he was directing a production of
Nunsense 2.
Little did I know then that I'd become part of the Nunsense family 7 years later. It's great knowing you get to work with your good friends, have fun and get paid doing it. In the show, I really enjoy doing  "Three Shayna Maidels".    It's fun playing those characters and I love singing the tight harmony.  
Comic timing ...is  it innate or can it be learned?   I think a bit of both. Even if comic timing is innate, it can always be honed. 
When I'm not on stage, Give me a good book to escape into and I'm happy!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Danny Dishes

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With the ‘Nunsense’ shows, the creator, Danny Goggin, has lifted the human spirit as he has made millions laugh. Meshuggah-Nuns, is the fifth variation in the popular Nunsense” series. For the last 26 years, the Little Sisters of Hoboken have entertained audiences in theatres around the globe, making “Nunsense” an international household name. He received the 1986 Outer Critics’ Circle Awards given to Nunsense for Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Music.      

         

                    Danny & The Cast                

Danny says: "I think the most important thing these days is to be hands on. The cast at WBT is our "primo New York" cast and we have become like family over the years. Because I am at the shows I am also doing the wardrobe and having so much fun being backstage.  The bottom line for all our shows is to give the audience a good laugh and fun time.  And I think that starts backstage with the cast even before the show starts."
"Everyone has great respect for one another and I hope that I've had a hand in developing that between cast members. The WBT audiences have been terrific and so coming to work is great fun and something we all look forward to. Come and see us and have a good laugh!! " 

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Sister Amnesia! Is that you?

Posted by: wbtpress on Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 11:16:00 am Comments (0)

 

Jeanne Tinker plays the somewhat confused, Sister Mary Paul (aka Sister Amnesia).

Born in :  Alexandria, Virginia.
Grew up in:  Amherst NH, Somersworth NH , Newbury NH.
College in:   Boston MA, Emerson College.
Moved to:   NYCSan Francisco and back to NYC.
 
I guess my 'hambone' influenced me to become an actress :)
Once you get laughs from an audience you are done for...
My dream role is to create a brand new role never been done before and have the chance to do that as many times as possible!
I first learned about Nunsense from an audition they were holding in Boston so I went to see the show there to prepare, those girls made me laugh so hard!    It's been great working with Danny Goggin , his 'go get em spirit' and endless energy to put it all together is hard to resist. 
I am a cornball,  I  like it when we do the part with the flags in the show..... it feels like cheerleading!
I think people can be born with a funny bone but I think there is always something to learn that can make it mo' betterer...
Monday, October 6, 2008

Touch me, feel me!!

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 I caught up with the hilarious Amy Griffin who plays several character roles in the show.

 

    I grew up in Melrose, Massachusetts--a suburb of Boston. I went to college at Northwestern University out in the Chicago area.
My brother and I used to put on plays in our basement and force our parents to watch.  I have had some wonderful teachers, especially Dawn Mora at Northwestern. I still use what she taught me basically every day.

Oooh, there are too many favorite shows to count! I will say PETER PAN was always my favorite growing up. I am incredibly blessed to have played the dream role of Peter Pan seven(!) times.

I grew up in a very funny family, so I think I was naturally inclined to be funny from following their example. I do think some of comic timing is innate, like having an ear for music. I am indeed a huge Mel Brooks fan--he's one of my dad's favorites, so I grew up watching all his movies. I think I first saw THE PRODUCERS when I was about eight. My brother and I used to run around the house yelling, "Bialystock and Bloom" in a Swedish accent, a la Ulla. .

 

My son Nicholas saw me as Peter Pan last summer when he was two and a half. That was a big thrill--I think it was even more thrilling for me than it was for him. He kept pointing and saying "Mommy flying!" My husband was desperately shushing him during the performance.

 

Most of the time I'm offstage, I am chasing my three-year-old son.  I am a working mom, so any downtime I get is a huuuuge luxury! After my son is asleep, my husband and I snuggle on the couch and commune with our TiVo.