Denise Samuels has been a member of RCLT since 2012, either helping in the lobby or acting on stage. Her most recent role was Miss Stephanie in To Kill A Mockingbird. She has enjoyed getting to be a part of this play with her husband and friends.
Thanks for taking time to speak with us today. Tells us about your character, Madge Larabee.
Denise: There is more to Madge than is first seen. She is definitely not your “warm and fuzzy” type. She is very cold and determined. I think it’s due in part at least to a sad childhood. I mean, anyone who tells their own child that they aren’t worth a bucket of spit, well that’s just horrible parenting! So Madge has developed that same hard edge herself. She is extremely frustrated with her bumbling brother and really wishes he would just let her settle things her own way. She would never let some stupid emotion get in the way of what needs to be done.
What are some of the challenges you have faced in portraying this character?
Denise: It’s been fun playing someone so different from myself, but I’ve had to work on my facial expressions. Madge is bitter and angry all the time. I never get to smile as her, the closest I get is a smirk, and I’ve had to remind myself to keep that scowl on my face and stay in that frame of mind.
What do you hope audiences will take away from this production?
Denise: I hope the audience enjoys the story, it’s a great one with some twist and turns. I love the theatre because you can really get pulled into the story. With movies you can sometimes zone out to an image on a screen, but theatre is real live people performing right in front of you, and it’s enchanting. I hope people enjoy our interpretation of Sherlock Holmes because its been a blast to bring to life!
Don James is an active member of RCLT. He has been involved in many productions including: The Odd Couple, Birds of a Feather, One Child, Black Coffee, The Beams are Creaking, The Curious Savage, Arsenic And Old Lace. He also recently assistant directed for To Kill A Mockingbird.
Thanks for having a chat with us today. Tell us about your character, Sid Prince.
Don: He’s kind of a boisterous, wise guy who likes to irritate and instigate trouble. He is Moriarty’s #1 henchman, and he’s quite proud of that. He is morally bankrupt and will not hesitate to kill at a moments notice, nor does he have any remorse for doing so. He also prides himself on being thorough and makes mental notes of his accomplishments.
What challenges have you faced while portraying this role?
Don: The biggest challenge I have is mastering the English accent. Second is overcoming the perception that I could not portray and bad or evil person. I hope that will change after this play.
What do you hope audiences will take away from this play?
Don: It is always my hope, in any play, that the audience is thoroughly entertained. Whether it be in humor, suspense, thought, or sorrow, the viewer should come away fully satisfied and maybe even learn something about the society we live in. I also hope they will have a renewed interest in the theater and perhaps decide to participate themselves, as well as appreciate the effort and hard work that is put into these productions.
Come see Don James play his first ‘bad guy’ ever!
You might remember Will Atkinson from The Lion In Winter or An Evening Of Culture. His love for the theatre combined with his exceptional talent are an unstoppable combination!
Thanks for having a talk with us today. Tell us about your character, Sherlock Holmes.
Will: The character I play is of course Sherlock Holmes. I’ve grown up watching the originals, reading the books, etc.. and honestly I have always seen Sherlock as this charismatic, witty, overbearing, a** that tends to bounce from good to bad on a regular basis not to show off but to prove to people how simple things can really be. He says a line in the script to Watson telling him that he sees but he doesn’t observe and I believe that’s what Sherlock has always tried to portray, that if people observed whats around them more instead of just “seeing” they would notice more things about others and themselves. With that being said though he does have a good and bad way of showing people that, he can be nice about it but he can also be ugly about it.
What are some of the challenges you have faced in performing this role?
Meet Michael Bozeman, he is an artist extraordinaire! We are absolutely excited that Michael has agreed to help us paint the set for Sherlock Holmes! Talk about incredible!!! We can’t wait to see the finished product! If you want to see the final product you’d better come and see Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure!
You can check out Michael’s other works of art on his website:
Don’t forget your tickets!
Held up by a screw gun! Dare you attempt to take on Irene Adler? See if she screws him in the back or not.
First two weekends of May – Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure showing at Roswell Community Little Theatre.