The Department of Theatre and Dance sure knows how to keep busy. Harvey may have just opened, but our production of The Tempest is already cast and ready to start rehearsing! Making sure this production runs as smoothly as possible is Stage Manager Carole Hall ’13! In addition to being the President of the Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Honors Society, she has to lead her team to make this show the best it can be!
The Department of Theatre and Dance sat down with Carole for an interview.
T&D: What is your major?
Carole: Theatre. Straight-up Theatre.
T&D: What’s your main focus in theatre?
Carole: Stage management.
T&D: How did you first get involved with theatre?
Carole: I was actually an actor for most of my younger life, with school plays and so forth, but had a very bad experience in acting where the teacher just couldn’t control anyone, so I ended up becoming the Stage Manager making sure everybody was ready backstage instead of focusing on being an actor. Then Senior year there was a show and they said they needed a stage manager, and I thought, “That was fun. Stressful, but fun. I think I’ll do it.”
T&D:What is your favorite show you’ve worked on at UMW?
Carole: Moon Over Buffalo, entirely. I loved all those set changes, I loved the ending bows, they were completely crazy, with all the different components happening so quickly, but I loved that and thrived on it.
T&D: What are your plans after graduation?
Carole: Oh dear (Laughs). I think I wanna go into event planning or wedding planning. I’m actually interested in going into Audiobook production, because I figure they need someone to schedule people coming in and going out and making everything run on time. But we’ll see, I’m not going to turn down a good opportunity that comes my way.
T&D: What is your favorite word? Least favorite word?
Carole: Vivacious, if you’re using that to describe someone, you know they’re going to enter a room and change it, and probably make your day better, it’s a really great compliment.
My least favorite word is ugly, because in my family you never call someone ugly based on their appearance, only if they’re ugly in personality, so I never use that unless someone’s acting ugly. When I was young and acting up, my mother would say “stop being ugly” and that would stop me flat.
T&D: What is your favorite kind of candy?
Carole: Sour Patch Kids, because my mom never eats them, so I have them all to myself (Laughs). Or Jelly Belly grapefruit. They’re very addictive.
T&D: If you could work on any play or musical, which one would it be?
Carole: Sweeney Todd, I saw it done once, and the story is so rich and wonderful and dark. I would just be terrified because it’s a musical and I can’t read music.
T&D: Do you have any interests outside of theatre?
Carole: I’m a bit of a history nerd, I just really enjoy looking at history and reading about what happened. I do enjoy writing a lot, I’m actually trying to work on a book that’s been rattling around in my head since 5th grade. And I love dancing. I know a lot of people wouldn’t expect that out of me, but I really just love dancing.
T&D: What are you most excited to work on for The Tempest?
Carole: I’m just excited to be working on The Tempest, are you kidding me? I love that play, it’s just such a wonderful world and I can’t wait to see it come together. I’m just excited to be part of building that world in my own little way.