It’s likely that the only way I’ll get to a Greek island is in Mamma Mia. But that’s alright with me because performing this show here in this beautiful and magical setting is as good as a Greek island vacation. It’s summer, we’re outdoors, we’re laughing, dancing, and singing and we’re enjoying being with one another.
I admit I didn’t start out loving ABBA nor Mamma Mia. I thought it was too fluffy. Then I performed Donna for the first time a few years ago and that all changed. Donna is now in the top few of my favorite roles, along with Evita, Liza Doolittle (My Fair Lady), The Witch (Into the Woods) and Frau Schneider (Cabaret). And since I’ve played a lot of witches, Wicked Witch of the East (Wizard of Oz), Domina (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), Velma (Hairspray), playing Donna is a relief! This show has so much heart and love that I feel honored to share it with you all tonight.
After two years living in Farmington, our family (Randy, Mom, William, Gareth, Roxie, Tac, Mowgli, and the Gecko) is settling in. I can’t really explain how I ended up in Farmington, New Mexico, after years of moving all over performing in the US and Europe, teaching elementary, high school, and college, and helping to run theatre companies, but I’m glad I did. When I ask myself the question, “Is this place growing or dying?”, the answer unequivocally is ‘GROWING’! And I want to be part of that and work with all the wonderful people who see a vision for Farmington.
Speaking of vision, you will see such a wonderful collection of talented and nice people on stage tonight and now that I have shared the stage with old and new friends alike, my bucket list is nearly complete. I never forget that performing only works when there are people to see it. So, thank you for coming and I know you’ll leave smiling.
There is a wonderful documentary on the inimitable Gwen Verdon, one of the most amazing dancers in the world. She was married to Bob Fosse, a choreographer who changed the standard of musical theatre dance. In the documentary, someone said that watching them dance together was the epitome of being in sync. I have been lucky enough to work with my husband and director, Randy West, and experience the joy of working in sync with my partner.