We are excited to welcome yet another newcomer to the Parkway Playhouse family.
PP: You have a solo song in the production. What does that song mean to you, and what were the biggest challenges when learning the piece?
Heather: I sing “Learn Your Lessons Well” in Godspell. Basically, I am encouraging the other disciples to study “the good Lord’s rules.” I interpret this to mean they need to read the Bible and learn from Jesus, but I really love this piece because it can be a reminder to study and keep learning about anything one might be passionate about. For a short time, I accompany myself on the ukulele, which is exciting, but has been a challenge, too! Luckily, the song helped inspire me to learn and study and improve!
PP: I see you go by your own name in the program. Could you expand a little more on your character in the show? Is it based on yourself?
Heather: My character is very much like me. She is quirky, always moving and a bit of an overachiever at times. Godspell-Heather doesn’t stick to just one activity or action for long – she is always looking for new challenges and opportunities to grow. And if, in any way, I am not currently living up to these traits, perhaps Godspell-Heather can help inspire improvements.
PP: This is a very high-energy show. What do you do to keep yourself energized and in peak condition?
Heather: I generally tend to exude energy at all times, but this show is definitely testing my energy levels! To help supplement, I like to drink iced tea and eat fruits, veggies and nuts before rehearsal. I also stretch a lot, and take the occasional nap!
PP: Has your own spirituality informed your performance in any way?
Heather: I did Godspell in college. At that time, I was not religious or spiritual in any way. This show was actually one of my first encounters with Christianity and paved the way for my decision to be Baptized and to start attending church. Revisiting the show years later is so refreshing, because it is reminding myself of the reasons why I wanted to start a relationship with Jesus in the first place. We are called to build community, serve others and to love each other. Oftentimes, I think Christians, myself included, can lose sight of how simple Jesus’ message is, and this show is a delightful reminder.
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