Backstage with Cody Boehm, aka Sally BrownBy Laura & Mike Clark • Mar 10th, 2007 • Category: Interviews, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
We continue our shadowing of the Springfield Community Theatre’s production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown by talking with Cody Boehm, who is playing Sally Brown [MP3 3:34 1MB].
Mike: Hi this is Mike Clark and I am talking with Cody Boehm backstage after a matinee performance of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. She plays Sally. How are you doing?
Cody: I’m good.
Mike: So are you having a lot of fun with the part. Is it feeling good so far?
Cody: This is my first real role that I’ve ever had. What I mean by that is it is my first lead role that I’ve ever had. I’m having a lot of fun.
Mike: Is it different from what you were expecting or from your past experiences?
Cody: It wasn’t exactly how I expected it. It’s different from what I’ve done in the past and I’m having a lot of fun doing it.
Mike: So what’s different? The dancing or the singing or being on the stage by yourself so much?
Cody: Being on stage by myself so much and having the ability to have solos and stuff. I’ve never worked with such a talented, I have, but I mean it’s been a whirlwind basically.
Mike: Is this the smallest cast you’ve worked with?
Cody: Yes. I’m normally in big numbers on small stages.
Mike: So what do you think about Sally? Do you like her? Is she a stretch?
Cody: She’s me. That’s basically it. She’s me.
Mike: Do you have a big brother like Charlie Brown?
Cody: I have a bigger sister and a younger brother.
Mike: Did that make it easier to be Sally?
Cody: Yes, it did because it really helped me explain my character and stuff.
Mike: What kind of training have you done since you’ve been doing theatre for awhile. How did you get started?
Cody: I was eight years old and my Mom picked up the newspaper and said there were auditions for Evita at the VCT, Vienna Community Theatre and Gloria Dugan was directing it. So I said I didn’t think I wanted to go. My mom said do it for the experience. So I did it and I ended up getting cast in the first audition I ever went to. It was kind of fun because we got a lot of WATCH nominations and won a lot of WATCH awards and Ruby Griffith Awards and stuff. I’ve had voice coaching right now with Debra Benner. Before I had McCall Ferrell who is one of my really good friends. I’ve had eight years of dance training including jazz, modern, ballet. I’m recently on point shoes. I’ve done many other dances.
Mike: Wow. That’s everything. Do you want to keep doing theater and dance and things like that?
Cody: My goal in life is to go to NYU and be a Broadway actress.
Mike: So what show would you just love to be on on Broadway?
Cody: Personally I would love to be in Wicked as Elpheba because I have the proper voice for it and the right attitude.
Mike: What are your next plans after this?
Cody: I’m going to audition for Philadelphia Story at LTA (Little Theatre of Alexandria) for the part of Dinah.
Mike: What have you learned by doing Sally?
Cody: I’ve learned how to learn monologues quicker and easier. I’ve also learned how to learn lines very quickly.
Mike: That was something you weren’t expecting at all.
Cody: No. My biggest fear when I first got cast was that I wasn’t going to be able to learn my lines, songs and harmonies. I’m lucky that I learned how to do it all.
Mike: Do you have any tips for somebody whose trying to learn their part?
Cody: I guess, never give up. If you audition for something never lose hope in getting that part because you never know if you’re going to get it. If you end up getting it, just work really hard.
Mike: Thanks very much for talking with me. I appreciate it.
Cody: Thank you.
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Laura & Mike Clark started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.