Friend of the podcast Skye Mattox (On The Town, West Side Story) shares her love for performing The Golden Apple at Encores!
"I don't really know where to begin on speaking about the wonder that is doing a show for Encores! The Golden Apple, was my fifth Encores! production, but I don't think I realized what exactly it was that made the shows so special until our director, Michael Berresse, spoke during rehearsal one day. He said that there is this wonderful thing that happens, when you haven't quite had the chance to perfect your performance. You're still discovering things, going through this creative process, and then all of a sudden there's people there in the audience watching you."
"It's fast and furious, and you never feel quite ready once that invited dress rolls around. And somehow, that takes the pressure off of feeling like you have to be perfect. The audience is witnessing all the little happy accidents that usually happen within the confines of the rehearsal studio, and it almost feels like that connects us, the people onstage with the audience. It's such a supportive, thrilling environment where creativity thrives."
"Encores! has become one of my favorite jobs to do, because there is always so much joy, laughter (a lot of laughter) and determination that goes into putting the show up. Everyone in every department MUST band together in order to get the show up in time. I remember during my second production, Little Me, there were so many costumes involved that some of the people in wardrobe slept at the theater one night because they were there so late and up so early getting the costumes together. Everyone is so invested in putting up a great show, in so little time, it's so special."
"It's really amazing to have this series, and people like Jack Viertel, that are so passionate about preserving, and breathing new life into musical theater history. It's so important, and I couldn't be happier to be a small part of it."