You spent last fall interning at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, how has that experience impacted you behind the curtain now?
I can't say enough good things about my time at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. I feel like a much more developed performer and artist. It was the best thing that could have happened to my career right now. It's one of the many amazing opportunities North Central's theatre department has opened up for me. I try to channel the professional collaboration I was lucky enough to experience with our production team at the Theater. During my internship, I was rarely on campus. We did eight shows a week, and the internship counted for course credit, so this term I'm getting used to feeling like a student again.
What part of producing “Sweeney Todd” has been the most rewarding?
One of the coolest feelings is seeing my work, which originates in my head, truly come to life thanks to our amazing actors.
What can the audience expect from this production of “Sweeney Todd?”
This isn't a conventional, lavish production. We took a minimalist and invasive approach. I can't spoil anything, but I think the audience will feel quite scared and trapped. It's going to be incredible.
When and where can people see the show?
“Sweeney Todd” runs in the theater at Meiley-Swallow Hall February 21-24 and February 28-March 3.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors and can be purchased online, by visiting the box office at the Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center, or by calling 630-647-SHOW (7469).