Meet the Cast of Jesus Master Builder – Andrea Newman is Peter

Andrea Newman headshotWhat is your role in this production? I am playing the part of Peter (and later, St. Peter) in this production. Peter is one of Jesus’ disciples and, unfortunately, also one of his contractor friends. Generally I follow Jesus around, listen to his sermons and do shoddy construction work, but occasionally I also find time to deny Christ.

What is your background in theatre? My first introduction to performing was through dance. I started ballet at age four (although the first year doesn’t count, since I spent most of the time hiding under the piano) and then branched out into other styles. I did some theatre in junior high, but it wasn’t until high school that I really got hooked on it. I eventually made my way through the BA Drama program at the University of Alberta. I’ve been a long-time audience member here at the Walterdale, but this is only my second time performing on this stage; I was also in Anything Goes in 2013.

What brought you out for this show? I know Trish (Van Doornum, the director) quite well and I volunteered to participate in an informal reading of this show a few months ago. The reading was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed the play, so I figured I would audition and see what happened. I am happy to report that it has been a lot of fun!

This play seems to have to do with building things… what’s the craziest/coolest/hardest thing you have ever built? I’ve helped build quite a few sets over the course of my theatre career, which I think is pretty cool. I really like seeing how a bunch of materials that don’t look like much by themselves can come together to create a whole new world. By myself, the coolest and hardest thing I ever made was a footstool. It was a real labour of love; lots of intricate detail with a bandsaw and much time spent sanding, but I really enjoyed myself. I still have it.

What do you think audiences will take away from this play? I hope they have a lot of fun, it’s a pretty fun show filled with lots of puns. I love puns, hopefully the audiences do too. And also, if this show teaches them anything, it’s that if they ever hire a contractor, they should make sure to do their homework and check credentials.

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