Our Dorothy Brock will be portrayed by Meghan Hilker. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Meghan moved to Madison in 2014 to earn a master's degree in voice performance at the University of Wisconsin. A self-described Middleton Players Theatre “rookie,” Meghan took the time to answer some questions about her character, her favorite shows, and what our audience should expect from the production.
What do you do when you’re not performing or working in the theatre?
I teach voice and piano lessons.
What is your favorite theatrical work?
Opera: Little Women by Mark Adamo. Musical Theatre: It’s super cheesy, but I really enjoy Spamalot
What musical theatre song do you shamelessly belt out?
“Red and Black” from Les Mis.
What is your favorite theatre memory?
When I was in high school, we did Seussical. I was only in the chorus as a Jungle Citizen, but it was probably the most fun I ever had on stage.
What is your favorite part of the rehearsal process?
Observing. I really enjoy watching a show come together - seeing the actors make new choices and then finally just having a lot of fun with it.
What would you like the audience to know about 42nd Street?
It is going to be fabulous and you simply must come. ;)
What do you enjoy about playing Dorothy? Are there any aspects of the character you are finding challenging to portray?
I love playing characters like Dorothy. She’s got the confidence of a hundred divas, but with maybe half of their talent. The challenging part of becoming Dorothy is that she is much more complex than she appears. She takes up a lot of space, and a lot of hot air, but we catch glimpses of her that suggest she wasn’t always that way. That’s what makes her interesting to play. The overbearing diva is certainly fun to play, but she’s gotta have a heart.
BONUS: What’s your favorite animal?
Don’t miss your chance to come see Meghan in our upcoming production of 42nd Street! Performances are June 29-July 2 at the Middleton Performing Arts Center. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2895782.