Our students get a variety of experience in the Department of Theatre and Dance. Alicia Kallen ’13 is certainly one of those students, having been both on stage in Talking With and making sure the production side of things runs smoothly as our Box Office Manager! Now, she’s getting back on stage as a member of the ensemble in The Tempest, opening April 11!
Alicia was brought in for an interview about her various duties within the Department.
T&D:What is your major?
T&D: What’s your main focus in theatre?
Alicia: Acting, but I also do Box Office work.
T&D: How did you first get involved with theatre?
Alicia: I started in an outdoor volunteer theatre when I was 4. In middle school, I got back into the outdoor theatre in a production of Guys and Dolls Junior. I kept going through high school and here I am.
T&D: What is your favorite show you’ve worked on at UMW?
Alicia: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. It was just an awesome experience, the cast and crew worked together really well, it was a really tight-knit community for that show. The show itself was great, the story was really fun, and the chemistry between all of us was great, we just really meshed for that show.
T&D: What are your plans after graduation?
Alicia: I plan to go home for a little bit, and then look for jobs in Washington on the management side of things, box office-y sort of things and whatnot.
T&D: What is your favorite word? Least favorite word?
T&D: What is your favorite kind of candy?
Alicia: Chocolate. In all varieties, any kind, light, dark, white, I don’t care.
T&D: If you could work on any play or musical, which one would it be?
Alicia: Either Sweeney Todd or The Importance of Being Earnest. Earnest is one of my favorite plays, I like the characters and the writing, and Mrs. Lovett is one of my favorite characters, she’s really my type, and when I’m older she’s the kind of role I think I’d be able to play well. She’s interesting and crazy, and I like that aspect of her.
T&D: Do you have any interests outside of theatre?
Alicia: I play the clarinet, I played it for seven years in high school, and I can play the guitar. I like to try and draw and paint and do other artistic things. And I like to play video games.
T&D: What lessons have you learned from working on both the management and the performance side of theatre?
Alicia: I’ve learned to be open to new experiences, to be open-minded, and to just be open and let myself be vulnerable as a performer and as a Management employee here, because it’s easier to learn when you let yourself be open to that instead of saying “oh yeah, I know that, I know that.” You also have to be patient, and you meet and work with all kinds of people, whether it’s patrons or actors.