Q: Why did you audition for Treasure Island?
KDL: Treasure Island is a very different show from any I’ve been involved with before. I have a knack for comedy, and thought it’d be a great opportunity for me to step out of my comfort zone to do something a little bit darker – and to be honest, this is my favorite project that I’ve ever worked on.
Q: What shows might people have seen you in before?
KDL: Earlier this season I was a wife and dancer (Small House of Uncle Thomas Ballet) in The King & I and I also directed Forever Plaid.
Q: What is a typical day like for you?
KDL: No day of mine is typical. I do spend a lot of time working in Parkway Playhouse’s administrative office and then attend various rehearsals. Once Treasure Island opens, I’ll be in rehearsals for Parkway Playhouse Junior’s productions of Guys & Dolls, Jr. as the stage manager and Magic Treehouse: Dinosaurs Before Dark, KIDS as the music director. When not at Parkway Playhouse, I’m off on various adventures.
Q: Have you met new friends in the cast?
KDL: I have met quite a few people in the cast. I’ve also had the joy of spending more time with people I already knew, and we have become better friends through this process.
Q: What has been your favorite moment from rehearsals?
KDL: Rehearsals are so much fun that it’s hard to pick a favorite moment. I really enjoy the moments when other actors are trying new things and I have to figure out how my character would react – one of my favorite hobbies is improv, so I get really excited about thinking on my feet.
Q: At what age did you first know you wanted to act?
KDL: In high school I always performed in our spring musical, but it wasn’t until I was an undeclared Sophomore in college that I knew I had a passion for it. I was taking a random drama class for an arts credit and we were required to see shows on campus. I saw a production of The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek and was so blown away by the entire experience that I was immediately addicted.
Q: What’s the #1 reason someone should see this show?
KDL: Not only do I believe that people should come see it to support the local economy, but also because this show is something special. It’s a live-action adventure with a great story and lots of sword fights!
Q: What is your favorite pirate movie?
KDL: The Goonies! After I saw this movie when I was a kid, I went into my attic in search of treasure or a map and found a sack full of silver dollars – I totally freaked out.