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December 18, 2011 - 2 comment(s)

The Twelve Days of (a) Christmas (carol) - Q&A with Laura Perrotta

On the ninth day of (a) Christmas (carol)…
Q&A with Actress, Laura Perrotta:

Q: What is your favorite part about being in Great Lakes Theater's production of A Christmas Carol
A: A Christmas Carol brings a sense of family more than anything else at Great Lakes. It always feels like a homecoming. I love the sense of tradition and how people are connected through the production.

Q: After performing the same role of “Mother Cleaveland” for 11 years, how do you keep it fresh and new?
A: It’s always a challenge as an actress to keep things new. But, every year there is something new and different about the show. With different stagers and new cast members each season, there is a different angle and a different way to look at the same story. I love the story A Christmas Carol and the adaptation by Gerald Freedman.

I also love that so many students get to see the show during the student matinee performances. The Great Lakes Theater education program is so important and especially with A Christmas Carol. Charles Dickens has a very direct impact on our world. I love telling the story during every show and communicating its message...that transformation is always a possibility.  It is never too late to change or for doors to open. A Christmas Carol has a timeless message.   

Q: What is your favorite family tradition during the Christmas Season?
A: My husband, Donald, and I open our gifts to each other on Christmas Eve. Christmas day is all about our kids. That’s the way it has been for 25 years.

Q:  What plays are on your “wish list” to perform in?
A:  Royal Family, Anthony and Cleopatra, Sunset Boulevard...and anything by Noel Coward.

Q:  What is your favorite thing about living in Cleveland?
A:  I have lived in Cleveland for 17 years. My husband is from Cleveland and it’s nice to be close to family. I love all the great restaurants, the traffic...and I feel very connected to the community. One of my favorite places this time of year is the Holden Arboretum!

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Michael Kostechak - 6 years ago

Love the show, I go every year. Sorry to hear about the Hoden Arboretum fire this morning. 12/20/11

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