Stories & Cast Interviews

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Drew McVety as Henry Samuel Etches

Posted by: Pia Haas on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

"I grew up in Port Huron, Michigan; an international border crossing marked by the spectacular Blue Water Bridge. Being the youngest of three boys, I studied violin as well as performed in my first play when I was just five years old.
My real desire to perform began in a community theater production of The Music Man, I got my first laugh and was hooked! My first time back on the stage since high school was in the Original Broadway cast of Titanic in 1997, I considered it my theater grad school.
When not on stage, I love raising my kids, and playing the violin in the subway. 
On My Ipod you'll find Stravinsky, Ives and Prokofiev!
I am ecstatic to be playing my dream role, Henry S. Etches in Titanic. I love the Titanic and am so happy to be back. "

Henry Samuel Etches was the first class bedroom steward aboard the Titanic, played by actor Drew McVety. Etches' station aboard the Titanic was on the raft portside of B Deck and was responsible for 8 cabins, along with one on A Deck (A-36), that of Thomas Andrews. He managed to board Lifeboat #5 and survived the sinking of the Titanic.

Mr. McVety's credits include: Broadway Shows: Billy Elliot, Sunday in the Park with George (Roundabout), Spamalot (Shubert), Frozen (MCC Circle in the Square), Big River (Roundabout, Special Tony Award), The Heidi Chronicles (Original Cast).
Drew McVety.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Kay Walbye As Ida Strauss

Posted by: Pia Haas on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
I grew up in Loveland, Colorado. It is a beautiful town at the base of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Both my parents were in the arts. My father, who is still living, is a sculptor. His medium is bronze. My mother, who passed away five years ago, was a writer and arts editor of the Loveland Reporter Herald. She was my greatest influence because she loved film and theatre above all other arts.
When I was a schoolchild (in the days before DVD or DVR) she would occasionally keep me home from school if there was a movie on TV that she felt I simply had to see! My other great influence was my drama teacher in Junior and High school. She took me to NY city after my junior year. We saw a show every night. Needless to say, I was hooked on the theatre!
I did TITANIC in NY. I covered seven roles and went on in all of those parts many times. I subsequently played Ida Strauss for nine months on the national tour. The biggest challenge for me in this show is to simply keep my emotions under control. The story is so very emotional, and the action of most of the characters in the play and in real life was so heroic it is sometimes difficult not to get choked up.

Favorite shows: anything Sondheim, OKLAHOMA, MY FAIR LADY, and I have a soft spot for URINETOWN (it is so funny and good-hearted...and I was in the original cast!) My dream role is whatever I am doing at the time!

When I'm not onstage I am in my gardens. Or cooking the veggies that come out of the kitchen garden.

I have no Ipod. I do have a Kindle which has an awful lot of David Sedaris on it.