Introducing the Cast of Jeffrey – Catherine Wenschlag plays all the lady parts!

CCWenschlag HeadshotWhat is your role in this production? I’m playing, as we’ve affectionately dubbed them, “all the lady parts.” Eight different characters!

What is your background in theatre? My love of theatre began at the age of eight, and while performing is my favorite (over 50 shows since I started), I’ve also enjoyed opportunities to stage manage, run lights, and production manage. I’m currently the Box Office Manager for Walterdale.

Why did you come out to audition for Jeffrey? What drew you to the production? Honestly, I auditioned on a lark! The number of women who come out to audition for Walterdale shows can be quite high and I never expected a director would see me as fitting all eight roles. I thought maybe he would use a few women and split the roles among them. I was surprised and honoured to be offered them all.

What do you think a play like Jeffrey offers to an audience? Hopefully this play will give audiences what many plays Walterdale performs aims to: entertainment that is thought provoking. I’ve heard some people say that the play is “dated” because we don’t fear AIDS the way we used to, but I believe the message about fearing to love someone and the struggle to find what truly matters to you is timeless and universal.

What is the most fun/enjoyable thing about working on this show? Hands down, the people! The cast bonded quickly and deeply and there is so much laughter and fun in our rehearsals. The production crew are all committed to the cast and show as well, and that creates a strong team that makes it a joy to be part of this production.

What is the most challenging thing about working on this show? Keeping eight people unique and interesting… Accents. Costume changes. LEARNING LINES! I’m just not as young and quick as I used to be. But oh, what a beautiful challenge to have!

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