SARAH3The BFP Spotlight continues this week with former TNB Theatre School student Sarah Bell. Bell is a graduate of Mount Allison University’s Classical Music and Drama Studies program and is now an accomplished theatre/film actor and classically trained vocalist at large. Bell plays Natalie, a teenage girl basically trying to find herself while dealing with her mother Diana’s mental illness in our upcoming production of Next To Normal at The Fredericton Playhouse Aug. 28-Sept. 1.

BFP: What was the first show you were ever involved in?

BELL: The first show I ever did was Under A Christmas Moon in 1998 at The Playhouse. My first solo was a line from “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”. We were in full winter attire on stage. Mittens and all.

BFP: Do you prefer acting for film or for the theatre?

BELL: Theatre. No question. I like a live audience, as well the whole rehearsal process. Film is great, but its kind of anti-climactic for me.

BFP: What has been your favorite role to play so far?

BELL: Cathy in The Last Five Years.  The music is incredible and I loved having one other performer to work with. It made for a really intimate and intense rehearsal process.

BFP: What role would you love to play that you haven’t yet?

BELL: Cleopatra in the opera Guilio Cesare. She has some AMAZING arias.

BFP: What is the scariest part of an audition?

BELL: Trying to get back to your Joe Job on time!

BFP: What show could you do for years?

BELL: Patrick Marber’s Closer. So. Good.

BFP: What are you auditioning for next?

BELL: Beethoven’s Treasure. The dog movie.

BFP: What is the strangest thing a role required you to do?

BELL: I had to make out with my cast mate for approximately 20 seconds in pure silence. That was pretty weird. I also made eye contact with my Dad in the front row. That didn’t help anything.

BFP: Have you ever forgotten your lines, or a prop, or choreography during a performance? What happened?

BELL: I was in a production of Fame and had a brain fart and blanked on the closing numbers choreography. I was in the front row or else I would have cheated off one of my cast mates. I kick ball changed until the finale…which was jazz hands on one knee.

BFP: What is something embarrassing or unexpected that happened to you on stage?

BELL: I was in a production of Urinetown and there’s this fight scene at the end that we all did in slow motion. My costume had a tie that kept the whole thing together and while in the fight my cast mate accidentally grabbed the tie and pulled my shirt open in slow mo. I proceeded to panic and pull my shirt back on in slow mo. Professionalism at it’s finest.

Next to Normal runs from Thursday August 29 to Sunday September 1, with a special preview performance on Wednesday, August 28. All performances are at 7:30pm and take place in The Fredericton Playhouse Studio Space.

For tickets, contact The Fredericton Playhouse box office in person, by phone at 506-458-8344 or online at



  1. so look forward to seeing you in this Sarah. It is such a long time since I have seen you.
    Love you.
    maureen steeves

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