Stories & Cast Interviews

Thursday, September 25, 2008

A FEST in Elmsford!!

Posted by: wbtpress on Thursday, September 25, 2008 at 3:36:51 pm Comments (0)

   EXCITING NEWS! Our very own special Oktoberfest celebration is coming back on October 7th !!!  Traditionally, The Oktoberfest is a sixteen-day festival held each year in Bavaria, Germany during late September and early October The Oktoberfest tradition started in 1810 to celebrate the October 12th marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig to the Saxon-Hildburghausen Princess Therese.. The citizens of Munich were invited to celebrate the happy royal event which was held on a large meadow in Munich, named after the princess -- Theresienwiese (Theresa's fields) -- and featured a horse race, beer, food, music and dancing.

The citizens of Munich have enjoyed re-creating this celebration ever since. As Germans emigrated to North America, smaller Oktoberfests sprouted up in their communities.

 After a special opening parade and ceremony -- where the festival hosts along with musical bands and the waitresses arrive on decorated carriages to the festival grounds -- the doors of all 11 beer tents burst open and people rush in to get their steins of beer. Oktoberfest beer is of a variety called Märzen which is darker and stronger than traditional beer.  Just 6 Munich breweries - Augustiner, Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbräu, Löwenbräu, Paulaner, and Spaten - are permitted to serve beer at the festival.

Revelers in Munich enjoy traditional hearty fare such as Hendl, whole chickens grilled on a spit, roasted meats, potato dumplings served up with the traditional red cabbage and the apple dish (Blaukohl). Local specialties such as roasted ox tails, grilled pork knuckles, or Bavarian Weißwürste, steamed white veal sausages served with sweet mustard, sauerkraut, and a pretzel or bread roll are found on just about every menu. Typical dessert dishes include Dampfnudel, a steamed honey-dumpling served with vanilla sauce, apple strudel, and Kaiserschmarrn, a sugared pancake with raisins.

Music performances include oompah music, popular and traditional folk music, marches, and polkas which Germany is stereotypically famous for around the world.  As the evening wears on, the music becomes louder and more and more people begin to sing, linking arms and swinging beer mugs from side to side, some standing and swaying and dancing on benches or tables. Before each break, the band will offer up "ein Prosit der Gemütlichkeit", a toast to contentment, congeniality, and relaxation.  

At WBT, we'll have all the fun and excitement of the traditional music, dancers and performers along with Oktoberfest culinary specialties & of course, THE BEER!  JOIN OUR OKTOBERFEST CELEBRATION on  OCTOBER 7th!  Call The Box Office at (914) 592-2222 or The Website: For All the Delicious Details!!    



Tuesday, September 16, 2008

ULLA - licious!

Posted by: wbtpress on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 1:03:00 pm Comments (0)



I spoke to Karyn McNay who is wowing the audiences as the tantalizing Ulla! She said: 


I grew up in Quincy, Illinois. Its a fairly small town on the Mississippi River. My immediate family was simply my parents and one older brother, but nearly all of my extended family lived within a few blocks from our house. No one in my family, to my knowledge,  has ever been involved in the arts whatsoever. I was lucky that the community had such an incredible support for the arts and wonderful outlets for kids to experience.


I sort of became an actor unintentionally, really. I have always wanted to be a singer. That's really where my talent lay as a child, and it’s what drew me to performing. I knew early on that I loved musicals, loved the fact that songs could tell a story and convey feeling. I went to college for musical theatre at Illinois Wesleyan University and had some wonderful professors who really inspired me to explore my love of the theatre and acting as well as my love of music.


I have so many musicals that I love, and truthfully, most of my dream roles hold that place because I want so badly to be in the show itself. I’d love to play Eva Peron in Evita. Mother in Ragtime. Then there are the ones I literally will never play, but this about dreams, right? Anita in West Side Story, Effie in Dreamgirls, Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha!


Being on the Road itself is always an adventure. My favorite thing about performing The Producers in so many different areas of the country was seeing how every person in every culture reacted to all of the comedy. Everyone would laugh.. a lot. How can you not? Mel Brooks’ humor is incredible. But what they found funny changed drastically from place to place. It was fascinating.  Gosh, I wish I had gotten the opportunity to meet Mel Brooks. I’m not through yet, though.... maybe we’ll cross paths eventually.

There are certainly those who just are naturally hilarious, but I don’t think anything is beyond the realm of learning. It just takes time. I feel very lucky to have gotten to work on this show so much, with so many seasoned comedians. It makes it a lot easier to learn by example.  

I’m obsessed with arts and crafts. I’m always knitting or sewing, I make my own crystal jewelry. I love to paint and redecorate my apartment. There is always something. I also am a puzzle enthusiast. I do crosswords, sudoku, logic or mathematical puzzles almost every day. My iPod has all sorts of things on it. Beatles, Feist, John Mayer, Tons of musicals, The Format, Running Still, Lots of 50’s/60’s. Jazz standards...... I have to keep my options open!