Meet Mary Beth Donahoe as Katherine Plumber in Newsies!
I grew up the oldest of five siblings in Lakewood, Ohio, right outside of Cleveland! I was so lucky in that the Lakewood City Schools have incredible arts programming, so I was able to do multiple stage shows each year, choreograph and perform on the dance line for the marching band, and participate in extracurricular bands and choirs. All those activities fueled my love for performing and provided me with an incredible fundamental education in the performing arts.
I grew up seeing shows at PlayhouseSquare, the largest performing arts center outside of NYC, so I was introduced to and fell in love with theatre at a young age. When I was in high school, I volunteered there as a STAR Reporter, attending all the touring productions that came through Cleveland and reviewing each show, which feels suddenly very appropriate character study for my role as Katherine!
This is my first time doing Newsies, but I took tap, jazz, and ballet classes growing up did 'King of New York' for a dance recital once! I also saw the musical on Broadway a few years back and Katherine has been a dream role since.
The movie is a classic. I love that the stage musical explores more of the relationships between individual characters, which I think helps to give more of a glimpse into how the strike affected not only the newsboys, but their families and communities, as well.
I'm a big tapper, so I have quite an affinity for tap shows! Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes is the ultimate dream role someday.
When I'm not on stage, I love to sew (I've been sewing since I was 10 and have two machines with me in my New York apartment), read (I love libraries), and do yoga (taking care of my body, especially while I'm performing, has to be a top priority)!
My current favorite band is Lake Street Dive. Their music is upbeat, funky, clever, and is so energizing for me while I'm riding the subway or running around NYC!