What is your role in this production?
I am playing that
woman, Mrs. Erlynne. An outsider, she is regarded with curiosity and suspicion, and is the subject of a great deal of gossip — much, but not all, deserved. She is a wanton woman who is currently struggling to overcome her past and make her way back into society – by any means necessary! Mrs. Erlynne is charming and clever and adept at manipulating people to get what she wants.
What is your background in theatre? At Walterdale? I feel like I’ve been performing my whole life, although I didn’t really become involved in theatre in Edmonton until I joined a theatre troupe at University (The Nice Wantons), and I auditioned at Walterdale for the first time in 2004, for Cyrano de Bergerac (ensemble). Other memorable Walterdale roles have been Procne in The Love of the Nightingale (2012), and Ruth in Blithe Spirit (2014). I’ve also directed a few one-acts for Cradle to Stage, and was a Board Member for four years.
What brought you out for this show? Why did you want to be a part of it? I reconnected with Oscar Wilde’s work in preparation for a visit to Dublin last year, and when I read Lady Windermere’s Fan I was taken with the thought of playing Mrs. Erlynne. She’s a fascinating character and and I thought she’d be a lot of fun to play on stage. When I heard Walterdale was producing the play this season, I knew I’d have to audition.
Why do you think audiences should come and see this show? Escape the dark days of Edmonton’s winter and join us in Victorian London! There will be beauty and comedy and some food for thought, as the play examines and critiques ideas of society and morality and gender.
What has been the most fun so far working on the show? The most challenging thing? Wilde’s script is both fun and challenging for me! I love his wit and his writing, but that doesn’t make the words much easier to memorize. It’s so important to get the lines exactly right. Another fun challenge is the costumes – our wardrobe department is overflowing with talent, and they build beautiful pieces that I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to wear, but it takes a lot of practice and concentration to be able to move gracefully in heels, corsets and big dresses! The most fun of all, of course, is working with yet another fabulous cast and crew. While I’ve previously worked with most of the production team, I was surprised that I had never worked with any of the cast before. That’s one of the things I love about Walterdale: the mix of dedicated people who’ve been around for years and those who are just discovering this amazing community.
What is your favorite Oscar Wilde quote?
“Things are because we see them, and what we see, and how we see it, depends on the Arts that have influenced us.”
― Oscar Wilde, The Decay of Lying