Christine DiTota will fly through the theatre as Peter Pan. At 5'2" she'll be the perfect height to play a young boy! Previously at WBT, she played The Ghost of Christmas Past and other characters in A Christmas Carol and had the challenging task of being the Female Swing in I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. (In which she performed both female roles and approx 40 characters!) She is a brilliant Actor and Singer, as well as an accomplished Director. We caught up with her at rehearsal between flights!
I was raised by my little Italian Mom in a small apartment in Yonkers NY. My brother and I shared a room until he got a little too old and then I shared a room with my Mom. It was funny because one side of the room had religious artifacts cluttering the walls and the other side had pictures that I had ripped out of the latest "Teen Beat" magazine taped to the walls. Usually, the pictures that were hanging on my side of the room were of guitar playing, long-haired icons. And on her side, the Virgin Mary. We ate pasta at least three times a week and went to church every Sunday. It was a standard Italian household. Lots of food, fun, laughter, and tears!
I attended Maria Regina High School, graduated with honors from Westchester Community College and received a BFA from Purchase College Conservatory. My first year of college, I had decided I would become a pharmacist. I thought that was a strong/reliable choice. I got a job working in CVS in the pharmacy so that I would be ready. I had a meeting with my academic advisor and he took a final glance at the courses we had chosen and said: "I’ve got an idea, how about you try taking a theatre class." I was a little surprised. Then I thought, " hmmm, maybe as a hobby". I signed up for an acting class. The teacher put actors in pairs and gave out one scene for each couple to perform. I watched couple after couple get up and perform their scenes. The day came that it was my turn to perform my scene. I sat in a wheelchair, my character was handicapped and began the scene. Something changed the moment I sat in the chair, I began to feel. And I forgot who I was for a moment. When the scene was over the whole class stood up and applauded. When I could finally focus again, on something besides the character I was playing, I saw everyone standing there, clapping, and I began to cry. It was a wonderful moment. I have pursued the theatre since then…..
I love the classics! It is my absolute dream to one day get the opportunity to play Blanche DuBois in "Streetcar Named Desire". Some of my favorite roles have been: Phoebe in As You Like It, Diane, a role I originated, in Clinton's View at the American Theatre Of Actors, Mabel in Pirates Of Penzance, Maria (originated the role) in Swish, Maria in the Mourning. Anne in A Little Night Music, Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Audrey in "Little Shop of Horrors, and Willie in "This Property is Condemned.
I’ve worked in the children’s entertainment business for the last 7 years. I’m a party planner/entertainer. It’s a great job for an actor. I’ll dress up as a Princess, Pirate or whatever character a child could possibly desire for their birthday. We play games with them, give out prizes, face paint, make balloon animals, etc. It’s a lot of fun working with children and they ARE the toughest audience. Also, it provides a person with some of the funniest stories you’ll ever hear in your life. The birthday party business is chock full of entertaining mishaps
When I’m not on stage, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I love going to the theatre to see plays or musicals. Of course, there is the homebody side of me. I like to curl up on the couch with my husband and dog and watch a good movie. My husband Keith DiBuono and I recently moved from an apartment in Harrison, NY to our first home in Carmel, NY. We Live there with our cat, Zizi, and dog, Seymour.