Sara Bartlett is serving double-duty as our choreographer and a member of the cast! In this blog post Sara talks about her character, Andy Lee, her favorite part of the rehearsal process, and why 42nd Street is important to her.
Are you a Madison native?
Yes, I was born and raised in Verona.
Have you done any shows with Middleton Players Theatre before?
I first performed with Middleton Players Theatre in 1997's Crazy for You. Since then, I have choreographed eight MPT shows, performed briefly in two, and joined the Board of Directors as Executive Choreographer.
What do you do when you’re not performing or working in the theatre?
I work part-time at my family's construction company, and keep busy with my two kids Paige (7) and Guy (4). I also teach Pilates and the occasional dance class.
What do you enjoy about playing Andy Lee? Are there any challenging aspects to portray?
First of all, Andy Lee is a male character…and I am not! Aside from that, we have a lot in common in that we are both choreographers who work with the dancers to get a show performance ready. I'm essentially playing myself on stage. The biggest difference between Andy and myself, however, is his demeanor; it has definitely been a challenge being "mean" to my dancers and not smiling all the time!
What is your favorite part of the rehearsal process?
When all of the choreography is done. That sounds terrible! But once the choreography is taught and solidified, that is when the real magic happens. I am always amazed by–and so proud of–how my dancers are able to elevate my choreography into something beyond what I could ever imagine.
What would you like audiences to know about this show?
42nd Street holds a very special place in my heart. Not only did I meet my husband during Verona Area High School's 1996 production of the show, but it was also my first taste of being a choreographer. It is truly an honor to be able to revisit this musical. And I hope I am able to somehow recreate and pass along the inspiring experience I had with 42nd Street–to both this incredible cast and our audiences.
BONUS: What's one thing most people wouldn't know about you?
Nerd alert: I was captain of my high school's math team.
Don’t miss your chance to come see Sara this weekend in 42nd Street! Performances are June 29-July 2 at the Middleton Performing Arts Center. Tickets can be purchased here.