Ring of Fire’s Sari Greenberg
August 19, 2016 § Leave a comment
I believe theatre, in particular musical theatre, should fill you with joy.Sitting in a beautiful theatre space for a few hours, letting yourself enjoy, escape and maybe even hum along while people entertain you and make you feel a little happier when you leave than when you arrived, sounds pretty joyful to me. On a scale of going to the dentist and winning the lottery, theatre is right up there, but fills me with so much more hope, and happiness than money ever could.
My experience with “Ring of Fire,” from the initial audition, through the rehearsal process, and performing the show, has been an absolute joy. I have been a longtime country music enthusiast and was very excited for the opportunity to unite my two loves and perform in a “country musical.” One of the most important and encouraged direction the cast and I received from director Joe Keefe, associate director Robin Hughes and musical directors Nathan Brown and Dave Welker, was to stay true to the authentic vibe, sound and world of this brilliant country music. Unlike the typical “bright Broadway” sound, the world we were creating with “Ring of Fire” was gritty, complex, dark, painful but also full of joy. We worked very hard to stay true to the world of Johnny Cash and June Carter and I am so proud to be a part of such an entertaining, and joyful theatrical experience.
There is an incredible amount of joy I feel onstage when I see the smiling faces of audience members truly having a good time. One of the greatest pleasures you can have as a performer, is to connect with an audience member. The audience can give
you so much, feed your creative energy and support you to be bold and take risks. We have had such fantastic houses and a wonderfully wide range of people come see “Ring of Fire.” Theatre is for everyone and I could not be happier or more proud to be performing here at The Metropolis, a place where everyone feels comfortable to be who they are and enjoy themselves.
I am so grateful and thank my lucky stars everyday, when I walk into this theatre. I get to perform in a show that I absolutely love, with people who I admire, respect and think the world of, in a gorgeous space that feels like home. I am so grateful for all of the joy this show has given me and strive to share that joy with everyone who walks into our theatre.