Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Spotlight On...Sarah Stevens

Name: Sarah Stevens

Hometown: Harrisonburg, Virginia

Education: BFA in Music Theatre from Elon Univeristy

Select Credits: Sweeney Todd (Johanna/Barrington Stage); Sunset Boulevard (Betty, Portland Center Stage); Company (Amy, Gallery Players); Les Miserable (Cosette, Riverside Theatre)

Why theater?: It's what I've always known I would do.  It truly has always been some weird innate calling for me.  But I will also say that, especially in the past few years I have really come to understand how very important theatre is for us as human beings.  In so many ways it seems like our world is traveling at light speed these days.  I think theatre is a vital tool for allowing us a moment to be still and reflect and remember the things that will matter when it's all said and done.

Tell us about Someone To Belong To: In its essence it is a sweet and quirky little love story.  The music, by David Denoon is reminiscent of the old classics (Lerner and Loewe, Bock and Harnick...)  Coupled with the very cleverly written book by his daughter, Christine Denoon and her friend Laurie Steele, it is a lovely and poignant throw back to the Mad Men era.  The story takes place in NYC in 1963 where two copywriter's Davis and Joe are working on there latest advertisement slogan.  Of course romantic shenanigans ensue and as Joe's secretary Mrs. Sasslebaum says, "the office is better than the guiding light."   If you are a fan of the classics it is a must see. David Denoon's songs are truly some of the most beautiful I've ever heard.  They are gems that have literally been sitting in an attic for 50 years until his daughters recently discovered them.  And even if you are more keen for the contemporary, you should still check us out.  There are lots of laughs to be had:)

What is it like being a part of Someone To Belong To?:  It has been the most wonderful experience.  It is a fantastically talented cast and we are working with a lovely and brilliant creative team who are willing to go any extra mile to help this show take off.  On top of all that, the piece itself is just written very well and it has been a pleasure to work on every moment. 

What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: I love theatre that is new and creative and focuses on the story telling above all else.  I am really inspired by my family, by their constant support of my somewhat insane passion, and by the fact that they are just simply always there.  None of them are in theatre so they serve as a constant reminder of who we are doing theatre for and I think that perspective is invaluable.

Any roles you’re dying to play?: Dot in Sunday in the Park with George or Anne in A Little Night Music

What’s your favorite showtune?: Currently... “Simple” from Nine

If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: Hmm this is random and not a Broadway guy but I would say Will Ferrell.  I think he is just hilarious and that it would be the most fun because I would just be laughing all day.

Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: Maybe Zooey Deschanel.... and it would hopefully be called "Something Like a Love Story" ;)

What show have you recommended to your friends?: I am a big fan of Peter and the Starcatcher.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Nutella and Peanut Butter side by side, straight out of the jars.

What’s up next?: Not sure just yet... I've been really enjoying working on Someone to Belong To and I'm excited to see where its headed next.