The 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 www.theplayhouse.ca.