Our Theatre Majors put in plenty of work, but don’t count out our Musical Theatre Minors! Musical Theatre Minor Hannah Freedman has appeared in plenty of 24-Hour and 10-Minute Play Festivals before hitting Klein Theatre in Fall 2012 as Grandma in Into The Woods. She most recently played the role of Thea in our Fall 2013 production of Spring Awakening!
The Department of Theatre and Dance asked Hannah to come in for an interview about her time with us.
T&D: What is your major?
Hannah: Philosophy with a Musical Theatre Minor.
T&D: What’s your hometown?
Hannah: Charlottesville, Virginia.
T&D: What’s your main focus in theatre?
Hannah: Performance, especially musical theatre.
T&D: How did you first get involved with theatre?
Hannah: When I was in middle school, I started doing community theatre in Charlottesville, and I really enjoyed that. When I went to high school, I became involved in theatre there, because I knew it was something I was good at and enjoyed very much. And that led to continuing it in college.
T&D: What is your favorite show you’ve worked on at UMW?
Hannah: Probably Spring Awakening, because that was a really new experience, because I’d never done a show with such challenging subject matter. It was really interesting to learn how to approach that and take it seriously. I think that was a very good show to do to grow as an actor.
T&D: What are your plans after graduation?
Hannah: My plans are to possibly try to pursue philosophy in grad school, but if I were to do that, I would definitely want to take at least a year off and travel, work, and maybe try to audition for some shows for fun.
T&D: What is your favorite word? Least favorite word?
T&D: What is your favorite kind of candy?
Hannah: Dark chocolate Reese’s. I discovered those recently and my life was forever changed.
T&D: If you could work on any play or musical, which one would it be?
Hannah: Probably Next To Normal, because I really love that show and always have. I just think it would be a really amazing experience, I think the music is amazing and the characters are very interesting. I also like that it’s a very small cast, so that would be a cool experience.
T&D: What’s a fact about you that most people wouldn’t expect?
Hannah: I used to be very into fencing. And it was great, because it’s actually a really good sport for short people, because they have less of a target area, so it’s harder for the opponent to hit them and score points.
T&D: Who would be some of your biggest professional influences?
Hannah: At the moment, I would say Emma Hunton. She’s been in Spring Awakening and Next To Normal. She’s really amazing, because she’s very young, and she has a very lovely kind of grace when she performs, and I think her voice is incredible. It seems to be very natural for her. She’s involved in a lot of new musical theatre, little workshops and cabaret nights and whatnot, so I think everybody should look her up because she’s fantastic.
T&D: What accomplishments or contributions would you like to be remembered for when you graduate?
Hannah: I hope that people can see me as an example of somebody who is a non-theatre major but still very involved in the department. That’s one of the things I like about the department, that you can pursue another major if that’s what you want to do, but you can still remain very involved and do shows, and I hope that maybe people will see me and realize that that’s possible.
T&D: Do you have any interests outside of theatre?
Hannah: Yes, definitely philosophy, since, you know, that’s my major, I’m very passionate about that, and I’m happy to have found something I’m so passionate about. Also music, singing mostly, but playing some guitar and piano.
T&D: How have you managed to apply your philosophy major to your theatre experiences, or vice versa?
Hannah: Yes, absolutely, and I think about that a lot. I think Spring Awakening was a process where I very much felt like my knowledge of philosophy helped a lot with character development and understanding the world of that show. I think that philosophy is very much a study or examination of humanity, and to me, that’s kind of what creating a character is too, figuring out motivations and such. I feel extremely fortunate to have two of my interests overlap in that way, and I think it’s very exciting to see the two merge together.
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