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!
Charles Lathrop is not a new comer to RCLT stage, however, it has been some time since we’ve seen him here! We are glad he’s decided to come back, he’s quite talented!!
We are glad to talk to you today! Tell us about your character, Professor Moriarty.
Moriarty is a criminal mastermind. He strikes me as being somewhat fatalistic, taking more interest in the game itself than actually winning per-say. While he might consider it acceptable to be defeated by a worthy opponent he considers being arrested a detestable ignominious result. In other words, the police and the courts are beneath him. If he’s ever beaten it would really be Sherlock who did it and therefore Moriarty doesn’t see any reason that anyone else should have any claim to it. Moriarty surrounds himself with those who are easily cowed, overawed, or manipulated. As a down side, his henchmen are not always reliable.
Gina Montague is a regular on RCLT’s stage! You may remember her as Becky, in Small Talk, Elaine, in Arsenic and Old Lace, or Glenda the Good Witch, in The Wizard of Oz. We are blessed to have her talents portraying Irene Adler!
Thanks for chatting with us today! Tell us about your character, Irene Adler.
Gina: I think that Irene is very intelligent and accomplished in her career. However, she has terrible taste in men. She has been badly mistreated by men and is desperate for love, but even more desperate not to appear so.
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.
Sherlock Holmes will soon have a set! Construction has begun, and the crew has been hard at work.