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Meet the People of Pippin Part 2

By • Feb 10th, 2009 • Category: Interviews, Pippin

Mike is stage managing Prince William Little Theatre‘s production of Pippin. The show opens Friday, February the 13th, runs for two weekends, Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00, Sundays at 3:30. The performance will be at Stonewall Jackson High School in Manassas, VA.

Over the next week, we’ll be posting some interviews with the cast, crew and orchestra, to help you get to know the wonderful people working on the production.

Adrienne Showker, Director and Choreographer

Q: How long have you been directing and choreographing? What was your first role?
A: This is my first show to direct although I have “directed” dance shows for over 20 years as well as The Nutcracker for IPAY in Chantilly for three years. My background is in dance-I studied all through my youth and then at Kent State University as well as George Mason University. I owned my own dance studio for 15 years and then taught for Creative Dance Center in Chantilly for 5. I actually quit teaching to try my hand at theatre and fell in love instantly about four years ago.

Q: What role would you kill to play?
A: I have always wanted to play Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire. In doing research for a recent audition, I discovered that Blanche and I are very much alike so it feels like a natural role for me. Unfortunately, I think I am too “mature” now for the role.

Q: What’s been the most challenging part of participating in Pippin?
A: I think trying to direct AND choreograph was perhaps a little much. This show is very dance heavy, especially the way I’ve chosen to do it, but the cast has really rallied and stepped up. They are an extremely talented group of people-triple threats- and I was blessed to have gotten to work with them.

Q: What’s your next show or production?
A: I have no idea! Definitely going to take a break for a bit, but it usually doesn’t last long.

Q: What superpower would you want to have?
A: I think incredible strength-it would make load in’s and strike’s so much easier!

Q: What non-theater-related life goal do you have?
A: Retiring on an island has always been a dream of mine. I like the sun, the sand and the surf. I would like to live in a slower paced environment and take the time to sip ice tea, feel the breeze and play cards on the veranda. Sounds corny-but true!

Q: What is your dream vacation?
A: See above! OR I would love to travel for 3 months through Greece, Italy and other parts of Europe-see some castles, some exciting landscapes and meet people from all over the world.

Q: Would you rather have $1,000,000 or know the date you are going to die?
A: $1,000.000! Who cares when you are going to die? You can’t do anything about it and having that moolah would sure make the time here a lot more fun!

Q: What candy bar are you most like?
A: Whatchamacalllit (if I spelled that right). I like to think I am an eclectic collection of different tastes all mooshed into one.

Q: Would you rather have a kangaroo or a giraffe?
A: Neither! Where would I put one? And then there’s the whole clean up problem. I guess if I had to choose, I would rather have a kangeroo-the word is more fun to say and their pouches are pretty cool.

Q: If you could go back to high school but keep all the life lessons you’ve learned since your time in high school, would you do it?
A: Absolutely not! High School was a nightmare for me-but ask me about going back to 28 and I would say absolutely yes.

Dave Shuma, Trumpet

Q: How are you like your character? How are you unlike your character?
A: I am like a trumpet because, I can be soft and gentle, but then, can explode with a burst of creative energy. I am unlike many trumpet players because, I am a rather modest and soft spoken individual, where many trumpet players are kind of brash and arrogant. 

Q: How long have you been playing trumpet? What was your first role?
A: I have been playing trumpet for 47 years. My first real gig, was playing “Tijuana Taxi”, “Music to Watch Girls By”, and “Teaberry Shuffle” (Herb Alpert and the TJB arrangement) in a 6th grade talent show.

Q: What role would you kill to play?
A:   The lead trumpet book for The Full Monty, because the music in this show really drives home a message to the audience…  

Q: What’s been the most challenging part of participating in Pippin?  Sitting through 84 measures of rests, playing one note, a high Bb or C no less, then another 84 measures of rests. Trumpets are made to sing, not sit 🙂 Kind of like a Porsche…just no good sitting in the garage.

Q: What’s your next show or production?
A: Annie Get Your Gun (the revival version)

Q: What superpower would you want to have?
A: The Kavorka, because every man really wants to have the lure of the animal.

Q: What non-theater-related life goal do you have?
A: To make a lasting mark on the lives of others, by bringing joy and happiness to so many,  just because of the type of individual you are…

Q: What is your dream vacation?
A: St. John, U.S.V.I., because it is the epitome of paradise in my eyes. Private beaches some even clothing optional, warm Caribbean waters gently touching the smooth sand, snorkeling the pristine reefs, great rum, beach massages by very adept fingers…and of course, duty free shopping!

Q: Would you rather have $1,000,000 or know the date you are going to die?
A: Show me the money! That one mil would provide a plethora of great experiences. I live for today, and when I die, is when I die. As they say, live every day like it’s your last!

Q: What candy bar are you most like?
A: Green M&M’s, because, that says it all! It’s the new color of Love…

Q: Would you rather have a kangaroo or a giraffe?
A: Kangaroo, because they are well grounded, very agile, look good in boxing gloves, and pack some kind of punch!

Q: If you could go back to high school but keep all the life lessons
you’ve learned since your time in high school, would you do it?
A: No, I like who I am now. The experience of growing up and learning those lessons, is one which does not need repeating. Life is great, and now is the time to savor it, because of all those life lessons learned. 

Steven Field, Ensenmble

Q: How long have you been acting? What was your first role?
A: As a kid I did a few plays and little things, but I didn’t really get serious about it until last year 07-08 when I played Lamar in Godspell.

Q: What role would you kill to play?
A: I’m not a very violent person so I don’t think I would necessarily KILL anybody, but in this production I think I would have a good time as either Leading Player, Lewis, or Pippin. I just think that I would have a fun time molding into those roles and in a way, I’m a little bit like all of them.

Q: What’s been the most challenging part of participating in Pippin?
A: I would say that the most challenging part for me was learning my voice part and then having to try to remember all my lines/ singing after I got laryngitis 3 weeks before the opening of the show and not being able to talk for a couple weeks. 

Q: What’s your next show or production?
A: I’m in the ensemble for Osbourn High School’s production of AIDA in the spring directed by our very own Lanny Henzell (Leading Player).

Q: What superpower would you want to have?
A: There are many superpowers that I might want to have such as: super strength, shape shifting, and super speed. With these powers I believe that I could conquer…..*cough*….I mean save the world and make it a better place to live…….AND IT’D BE SUPER AWESOME!!

Q: What non-theater-related life goal do you have?
A: All I really want in life is to be happy and to help others and bring them happiness in any way that I can.

Q: would you rather have $1,000,000 or know the date you are going to die?
A: I would 100% want the $1,000,000 over my death date because I believe that you should live life to the fullest no matter how much time you have left. Plus it would make me depressed that every time I turn around I remember that I only have x amount of days to live before I kick the bucket.

Q: What candy bar are you most like?
A: I think that I am mostly like a 3 musketeers because I am simple, yet complicated……enjoyable, soft, and fluffy.

Q: Would you rather have a kangaroo or a giraffe?
A: YES!!!…..why not? Yea, chew on that for a while.

Q: If you could go back to high school but keep all the life lessons you’ve learned since your time in high school, would you do it?
A: Of course!!!!……get it?….cuz I’m still in high school….get it?……geeze! Rough crowd.

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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.

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