Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Meet ensemble member: Lauren Mack

Lauren has a unique connection to Brigadoon, because it was the first musical her mother ever choreographed! 25 years ago at Wright State in Ohio, Lauren's mom choreographed the show and had to deal with college pranksters who did things like leave a real, dead chicken in Jennie's trunk for the ensemble women to find while dancing the number Jeannie's Packin' Up.

Pretty sure Lauren's hoping that experiences like that don't run in families!

Lauren hopes to attend Foothill's Theatre Conservatory next year, so she decided to a "good experience." Well, sorry Lauren, you got cast, and now you're commuting from Marin to do the show!

And what inspired Lauren to pick Foothill?

"I saw Ragtime and the only thing I could think of was that I had to be a part of that. I'd never seen anything like that in community theater. It just blew me away."

Actually it was something similar for me. I had just moved back from NYC and saw Foothill's 1991 production of Sunday in the Park with George. I, too, was completely blown away...and auditioned for their summer shows that year.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Anyone else out there motivated to audition by seeing a great show at Foothill?

I rememmber seeing Foothill's production of "Showboat" and was blown away. I saw the Hal Prince revival on Broadway and I must admit, Jay's production had a lot more heart. I was so impressed. I knew I wanted to work there someday and luckily I did - as the Beadle in "Sweeney"


Martin Rojas-Dietrich
I've been seeing the summer shows for a few years, starting with On The Town. Every year I was incredibly impressed with the quality of the productions, and every year I'd say to myself "I could do this, I should audition". This is the year I finally got off my butt and auditioned, and I'm having a blast in Brigadoon!
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