Meet Bonnie Fraser, our sweet Magnolia!

Posted by: Pia Haas on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 12:00:00 am

                                        Bonnie & Alyssa Emily Marvin (as Kim)

I grew up on the North Shore of Massachusetts in a little town called Marblehead. My twin brother and I started acting when we were pretty young- I never looked back but he became an attorney.  Ask me which one of us is more of a ham though- you'd swear he's the actor.

My mother is an actress in Boston so I grew up observing this crazy career. The idea of getting a 9-5 job never even crossed my mind. I think it helped watching my mother make a living doing regional theater because I went into this business understanding how difficult it can be. There are so many outrageously talented performers out there working regionally or off-Broadway. You can be a wonderful success and never once step onto the Broadway stage. Being an actress in New York is tough. Knowing that everyone has a different path and success can be measured in so many different ways has definitely helped me keep up my morale in this business. 

I grew up watching so many of the golden age movie musicals, but somehow Showboat never made into my rotating collection. Now watching the story unfold every day in rehearsal, I can't believe it's taken me this long! Yes, the music is beautiful but the story itself is so extraordinary. 

Stage Musicals being made into movie/tv musicals? I think it's great. I especially love when casting takes a risk and incorporates an actor from the theater world into the movie. And it's an awesome way to have musicals reach a broader audience. Maybe someone who's never been to the theater will see the movie version of Into The Woods and suddenly be inclined to buy a ticket at their local theater. 

 I have a lot of favorite shows. I don't think I'll ever get sick of watching My Fair Lady- it's perfect. I also love Stephen Sondheim and Sweeney Todd is probably my ultimate favorite show of his. As far as roles go- I'd like to play Clara in Light In The Piazza some day.

When not on stage,  My husband and I have the sweetest pit bull mutt who I'm obsessed with- so anything with her. I also love to bake (cookies are my specialty) and I LOVE horror movies- the scarier the better. 

I deleted all the music off my phone to make room for the insane amount of pictures I take on a daily basis. I listen to spotify a lot- I like Vampire Weekend, Ryan Adams, and The Spring Standards- their lead singer Heather Robb is working on a new EP which I'm excited about.


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