Stories & Cast Interviews
Change Over FUN!
See what goes on behind the scenes as we "Change Over" from one show to the next... In this case it was BUDDY to BEAUTY AND THE BEAST! Watch the hardworking crew accomplish an amazing feat!
Lovely Lauralyn Can (can-can)!
Lauralyn McClelland plays Claudine in Can Can!
I grew up in Idaho in a very small town with very sweet people and beautiful lakes and mountains. I'm the youngest of three children by 8 years so my mom had the time to haul me around to dance lessons and competitions after my brother and sister left for college! I think the small town setting also allowed me to have a pretty normal childhood, dance and theatre didn't fully take over my life until college. I was grateful to be able to participate in lots of activities and not miss out on school events, prom, etc.
I started dancing at age 3 and always loved it, my older sister did theatre in jr. high and high school but I was always to shy to audition. Lucky for me there was a dancer at my studio who started choreographing at the summer theatre company nearby, with his coaxing I auditioned and got to do three shows that summer. After my first paycheck I pretty much decided I didn't want to do anything else!
I had heard of the show Can-Can but didn't know much about it. I had seen the poster for the Can Can tour with Chita Rivera and the Radio City Rockettes, and when I auditioned I started googling :) I haven't had the privilege of performing with WBT yet, but I'm looking forward to it!
Glory C'est Magnifique!
I always loved singing and dancing. My great grandfather was a composer and one of the founders of ASCAP. As actors, I loved Natalie Wood and Audrey Hepburn.
I've never done this show and really did not know anything about it. After reading the script of Can Can a few months ago, I knew I wanted to play the role of Pistache. Some of my favorite shows are West Side Story, My Fair Lady, and now, I am a huge fan of Once. Someday, I'd like to play Desiree in A little Night Music.
I live on Long Island, When not on stage, My family and I enjoy boating and dinners with friends. I love to travel as well. I am heading to Buenos Aires, Argentina in November.
Introducing Tony Lawson
I grew up in Delaware Ohio, 20 miles north of Columbus. A small main-street USA type town that I loved. Ohio Weslyan University is there in town so I had the advantage of watching college-scale plays and musical shows from an early age. I was able to be cast in several shows there as a 10-year-old and THAT started my steady work in live theatre.
Not only did the plays I watched as a kid influence me, but also the great TV shows and comedy movies of the 60s and 70s. I had great english teachers who would put-on scenes and plays to spark our love for that type of thing. The touring shows that came thru Columbus also had a big impact.
I've seen the movie version of Can-Can before, but never the stage version. I can't think of ANYONE who's tried to produce this show within the last 10 to 15 years. I'm about to discover why, sweet or sour.
My favorite shows are the ones that changed my life. Like spending 5 years doing BEAUTY AND THE BEAST out on the road. Or singing the huge score of LES MISERABLES. I'll always have a special spot in my heart for BARNUM since we had such a great cast/production at the WBT. My dream role would be Don Quixote in MAN of LA MANCHA. I played it once in college - one day I'll do it 'just right'.
I love dinner theatres. The relaxed settings, comfortable audiences and the closeness can't be beat. The WBT is the best at what it does! I hope it goes on and on.
I have teenage sons who keep me guessing at each turn. We have fun whenever we share an adventure. I have a beautiful wife, actress Krista Severeid, with whom I share most of my off-stage time. We tackle many projects for family, church and new friends.
My Ipod songs are for walking/jogging workouts. Mostly radio hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s.