Stories & Cast Interviews

Thursday, May 31, 2018

See what our audience thinks of SISTER ACT!

Posted by: pia on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Lani Corson as Sister Mary Robert in SISTER ACT!

Posted by: Pia Haas on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)


I grew up in a small town in Maine. When I was 8 we moved to an even smaller town, to a farm, where I rode horses and picked blueberries. I remember having to drive 30 minutes to the nearest grocery store. In that same town, as the grocery store was what influenced me to become an Actor. There was this great community theatre that had a theatre camp every summer. My first summer we did The Wizard of Oz. I was, of course, a munchkin, among other things, and that was pretty much the beginning of the end. I did many other shows there throughout the years and the Artistic Director was a big supporter of mine and helped me prepare for my college auditions.

I was super excited when I first heard they were making Sister Act a musical! I've been wanting to do it for years - thanks WBT!! I've always loved the movie; I think some movies lend themselves to be made into a musical and this is no exception. This is actually a role I've been wanting to do for years!

One of my favorite shows is Les Miserables. It was the show that really solidified my love of musical theatre and I always wanted to play Eponine. I have understudied it once and I think I'm actually transitioning to where I would rather play Fantine. Another role I would love to do is the title role in Violet

When I'm not on stage in a theatre I am usually training, teaching or performing as an aerialist. I've been training in aerial and ground acrobatics for about 9 years and am one of the owners of the theatrical circus company, 2 Ring Circus (www.2ringcircus.com). 

I like listening to music, I'm on a Dresden Dolls kick right now!

 

As Sister Mary Robert w/Zuri Washington as Deloris.             Lani in 2 Ring Circus.

Meet Katelyn Lauria as Sister Mary Patrick in SISTER ACT!

Posted by: Pia Haas on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)

I was born in New Jersey but grew up in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. I am the youngest of three and grew up in a loving Italian Catholic Family. My grandfather, Vito, aka Number 1 Fan, influenced me to become an Actor when he took me to see my first Broadway Show, CATS. I was 6 years old and was mesmerized ever since. I had trouble focusing as a child, but that all changed with CATS. I knew then what I wanted to do.

I've had numerous mentors in my career so far, but my newest mentor is Sandy Rosenberg. She is currently starring in Sister Act as Mary Lazarus. She has taught me the wonderful ways of comedy and I really look up to her as professional/ adopted stage mother. 

A funny anecdote I have was when, at a younger age, I was cast in Evita as the role of Eva Peron. During my first performance, I forgot the line "What's New Buenos Aires". I said "Whats New?" and forgot the title of the song completely. I will never forget the look on the conductors face when I missed that line.

I first heard about Sister Act when I saw the original cast perform Raise Your Voice on the Tony Awards. I have been lucky enough to have done this show once before, at the White Plains Performing Arts Center In NY. In my last production, I was the Mary Patrick Understudy, Hooker #1 and an Ensemble Nun. 

This is my first show at Westchester Broadway Theatre and I couldn't be happier to be here. I enjoy working with such professional colleagues! It is truly a blessing to work with such talented people. I've been learning a lot from each and every one of them. 

I grew up watching Sister Act with my sisters; we used to sing along with the VHS tapes!! When I think of stage musicals being made into films, and vice versa, I feel as though, if you have good material it will be a good production either way. It all comes back to what you're working with. I enjoy the movie as well as the musical, but I have a soft spot for the musical more!

My favorite shows are Gypsy, Sweeney Todd, Annie Get Your Gun and Sunday In The Park With George. These musicals have broken barriers with their unique storytelling. My dream role is to be Mamma Rose in Gypsy. I will have to wait a couple of years to pursue that dream, but the day that I do....... Here She Is Boys, Here She Is World, IT'S ROSE!! Other dream roles would be Mrs. Lovett from Sweeney Todd, as well as, Dot from Sunday in the Park with George. I dreamt of being Mary Patrick and I'm so glad that my dream has finally come true. 

When I'm not on stage I love to read Outlander! I love having relaxing days just binge-watching Netflix or taking a yoga or dance class. I also love spending time with my grandfather, Vito. We are best friends; we go bowling, out to dinner and to see movies together. We can also talk on the phone for hours!! He's my stress reliever! 

Currently, I have been listening to Raise Your Voice, from Sister Act. I have a little mix of everything from Beyonce to Irish Folk Music. I mainly listen to Broadway shows, but since I'm from Jersey I also have fist bump music.

Katelyn Lauria (r) as Mary Patrick. with Zuri Washington as Deloris (l)