Welcome to InterVIEWS-day TUESday! (Say it out loud. It rhymes.) Each week, we’ll feature a different Araca Project participant answering questions on all the hard-hitting issues, like what celebrity encapsulates their show. This week, we’re celebrating the team behind Sea Legs with Taylor Norton! Hope you enjoyed your dinner, here's desert!
1) What is your involvement in Araca Project 2014? I'm the director of the second Araca show (Sept 20-27), "Sea Legs: A Nautical New Musical". We're the only musical!
2) Describe your show in 17 words. Finding oneself can be more of an adventure than saving a harbor town from a power-hungry Englishman.
3) If your show was a celebrity who would it be? Gene Wilder. Quirky, hilarious, full of heart.
4) If you could be any character in the show, who would you be? Why? I'm torn. I'd either be Myrtle, the basically invisible girl who is the most loyal friend anyone's ever had, or Galleypepper, the town harbinger of doom who's covered in seagull poop. Why? I think Myrtle's pigtails could really work for me. And I love seagulls. I. Love. Them.
5) What was the first show you worked on in any capacity? When I was 10 years old I was a member of the "Lullabye League" in "The Wizard of Oz" at my sister's high school. I think I nailed it.
6) What is your biggest show catastrophe/embarrassment, on stage or off? In my sophomore year I directed a production of "The Who's Tommy" at the University of Michigan. A week before tech began, there was a huge storm (complete with a tornado) and the scene shop where we were building our set and storing costumes flooded. That was the first of many catastrophes that plagued the show and proved Murphy's Law. We had shirts made that said "I Survived Tommy Tech Week".
7) What are your top 3 (Yes only 3) theatre experiences (as an audience member or participant)?
- I grew up acting out scenes from "The Lion King", so when I finally saw the show in London, the animals came down the aisles and I wept. I was 16.
- I saw Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen do "Waiting for Godot" in 2009, and just watching McKellen take his boot off remains the most compelling moment of theatre I've ever seen.
- I was understudying a friend in a community theatre show when I was in high school, and she went home puking, so I had to go on as the "Moth Queen" in "Babes in Toyland" and I was AWFUL. It was a blast.
8) What is your guilty pleasure TV show? Judge Mathis. Only I'm not that guilty about it.
9) What is your internet and/or social media obsession? Texts from Parents sites. They just kill me.
10) What’s the one movie you’d actually like to see as a stage show? Honestly I'm really excited for "Finding Neverland".
Musical or Play? Musical if funny. Play if not.
Too Hot or Too Cold? TOO COLD.
Wine or Beer? Tequila is my lady.
Olympics or X-Games? Olympic gymnastics.
Proscenium or Thrust? Thrust.