Saturday, May 23, 2015

Spotlight On...Courtney Jones

Name: Courtney Jones

Hometown: Racine, WI

Education: BFA in Musical Theater, University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point

Select Credits: Viola in Twelfth Night (Montana Shakespeare in the Parks)

Why theater?: It's an adventure. Not only do you get to tell stories, you get to live a million lives in one lifetime. You get to do it all.

Who do you play in Another Kind Of Love: Tanya Singer

Tell us about Another Kind Of Love: For me, it's been about all the things you do for love: love of family, love of art, love of self, and finding a balance.

What is it like being a part of Another Kind Of Love?: It's like going into battle. The show hits the ground running and doesn't really stop for anyone. We are all pushed, and end the show kind of staggering and breathing heavy.

What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: I'm always a big fan of language plays, and music in plays. But what most inspires me is innovation and creativity: things like Pigpen's Old Man in the Old Moon.

Any roles you’re dying to play?: Beatrice in Much Ado, Polly in Crazy for You. Lizzy in Pride and Prejudice.

What’s your favorite showtune?: "Someone to Watch Over Me". Although the score I default to most often is Chess.

If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: Mark Rylance.

Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: The title would probably be, "yes, I'm 90" and I would play the quirky woman who runs the kitchen at the rural cottage our lead ends up at where she knits and bakes bread and makes her own clothes.... yes, I am 90.

If you could go back in time and see any play or musical you missed, what would it be?: Any Shakespeare, in their original productions.

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Period dramas. I watch way too many movies with corsets and pretty dresses.

What’s up next?: The Consultant at Signal Ensemble Theater. It's a comedy and I get to play the quirky one, so it will be a welcome change of pace!