This week, as they prepare for tech, JSU's Adelaide, Brianna Garrett, and Sky Masterson, Brandon Clark, took time to answer some questions about the show and themselves.
- How did you become interested in theatre?
first acting class around then! From there, I did local commercials around the city. I am from upstate New York – Rochester, so I started very young. But I didn’t pick performing back up until I started at JSU my freshman year when I did JSU Drama’s production of “RENT." I actually used to turn my nose up at musicals, ha, but now, I love them and can’t imagine my life without Musical Theatre. It’s my passion and I’m planning on pursuing a career in it, once I graduate in May.
- Who are some of the actors you most admire?
Brianna: Beanie Feldstein is my latest obsession! She was recently in the movie “Lady Bird” and just ended her run in the “Hello, Dolly!” revival. She is so talented and so pure in everything that she does. She reminds me to be true in my art and that opportunity is really is just waiting around the corner. Other performers I admire are: Audra McDonald, Lindsey Mendez, Meryl Streep, Sterling K. Brown, Sophia Bush. Well, I could go on
- What made you want to audition for Guys & Dolls?
- What's been your favorite part of playing (Sky/Adelaide)?
Brianna: One of my favorite things has got to be the accent. It feels like home to me! Adelaide’s just so loud,out there, brassy and doesn’t care who sees or hears her. I think playing her the way that I am playing her has also got to be my favorite part as well. This show is a classic Golden Age musical, and typically, an African American woman wouldn’t be playing this role. To get to be her and get to progress with the times, in a sense, has been thrilling and fun. Who knew Adelaide could have a fro?
- What's been your favorite number to rehearse & learn?
Brianna: My favorite number has go to be “Take Back Your Mink”. That’s when we see a more
serious side of Miss Adelaide, as well as a more sensual and sexy side. The choreo is a blast and the vibe is fantastic. Adelaide and The Hot Box Chicks open the second Act, so there's a different feel in that moment than what the audience gets during the beginning of Act I.