December 10, 2013 § Leave a comment
Eddie: Favorite: Holiday movies. I try to watch Home Alone and Jingle All The Way once a year. Also, flying back home to visit family and get away from the cold for a few days. Least favorite: Paying for said flight.
Metropolis: Without giving too much away, what is your favorite sketch from Holidays in the Heights?
Eddie: I love all of the audience interaction sketches, the ones we get to improvise each night. We sing an improvised “sexy” Christmas song that’s a ton of fun.
Metropolis: That famous New York sketch show has some pretty memorable holiday scenes as well. Are there any that stand out in your mind as favorites or that inspired you in any way?
Eddie: SNL’s got a ton of classics… Schweddy Balls; Jimmy Fallon, Horatio Sanz, Chris Kattan and Tracy Morgan singing “I Wish It Was Christmas Today”; “D*ck in a Box”… all so good.
Metropolis: And, of course, what we all really want to know… egg nog or hot chocolate?
Catch Eddie in The Second City’s Holidays in the Heights at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre – playing through December 31st. Click here for more info, show times and tickets.
November 21, 2013 § Leave a comment
We asked a few questions of Myrin Vollkommer (8) and Sophie Rohr (9), our two actors sharing the role of Tiny Tim in our upcoming production of A Christmas Carol, to get their take on the show and the holiday season.
Did you know the story of A Christmas Carol before rehearsals started?
Myrin: Yes, I liked when Scrooge changed his attitude.
Sophie: I sort of knew the story because I watched the Disney movie. I thought it was cool with all of the visits from the spirits.
What’s your favorite moment in this show?
Myrin: When Scrooge meets the delivery guy and says “I want to kiss you.”
Sophie: My favorite moment is when Tiny Tim says “God bless us, everyone!”
Why do you like playing Tiny Tim?
Myrin: Because I like acting.
Sophie: I like having the last line in the show.
What’s the hardest part of playing Tiny Tim?
Myrin: The crutch.
Sophie: There is no hard part. It’s just fun!
What are you most looking forward to once performances begin?
Myrin: Performing in front of a live audience.
Sophie: Having fun performing.
What’s your favorite part of the holiday season?
Myrin: Getting presents.
Sophie: Hanging out with my family.
Are there any special gifts on your wishlist this year?
Sophie: I really want a microscope because I love science.
See Myrin and Sophie in A Christmas Carol running November 29 – December 24 at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in downtown Arlington Heights.
February 7, 2011 § Leave a comment
Great interview. Read it here.
January 26, 2011 § Leave a comment
Liz Callaway, a true star of Broadway, will be here on February 27. Her career has included starring roles on Broadway in Cats, Miss Saigon, Baby the Musical and in Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along. She’s also literally toured the world singing in concerts, tributes and musical reviews. Needless to say, we’re very excited to have her.
Recently she was kind enough to take a few interview questions from us…
You have a really diverse career. How have you navigated Broadway/theatre, a career as a live and recording artist, film recordings and TV?
I’ve been incredibly lucky to have such a diverse career with so much variety in any given week. As a result, I’m a very tired person!
Do you still have family around Chicago?
I have a few cousins and an Aunt in the Chicago area. It will be very bittersweet performing at The Metropolis this time without my Dad, John Callaway in the audience. He loved Metropolis, and appeared there as well.
Why do you like about performing at Metropolis?
Metropolis is the perfect size venue to perform in. I love performing in a theatre, but it’s intimate enough that I can really connect with my audience. And the sound is great!
What is your most recent work or an upcoming project?
This past year was very interesting- made my Australian debut, and taught and performed in Paris. I wracked up 86,000 frequent flyer miles. I’m about to go on a crazy road trip to Boston, Sarasota, Napa and Palm Springs, CA. Then I’m home for 3 days and then back to California. I’m trying to figure out how I’m going to pack everything and still have room for my tennis racquet. I’ll be performing solo shows and with my sister Ann as well as a concert with Stephen Schwartz.