Stories & Cast Interviews

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Melody? Sarah? Please step forward!

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Stephanie Wahl as Cruise Director Melody Joy Lapidus

I grew up in Baltimore.  My mother was involved in a local not-for-profit theatre group and got my older sister involved in classes because she was shy.  I went along to rehearsals at 3 years old and started performing with the group when they needed a replacement for Gretl in The Sound of Music.
I had so many wonderful actors around me as a child as well as the artistic director of the company and I learned all my basics from them - it was wonderful.
I've been lucky enough to perform some of my dream roles: Wendy in Peter Pan Laurey in Oklahoma, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth and Abigail Adams in 1776.  One dream role still eluding me is Hedda Gabler.
I've known about "Nunsense" since it's run Off-Broadway.  And it is truly a delight to get to work everyday with Danny Goggin.  He is kind, generous, and oh yeah...funny!
What is my favorite moment in this show? Of course when I get to say "I can see Russia from my state room".
I think you can learn anything if you have an affinity or love for it.
I love to cook, be with my family, watch movies, and watch other great actors work on stage and film.

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!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

It's Meshuggah to look at!

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A peek at David Edwards (as Tevye) and Funny nuns, Deborah DelMastro & Bonnie Lee in Meshuggah-Nuns at WBT

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!! "