Taryn Snyder ’15 never takes a break. After singing her heart out as Jack’s Mother in Into The Woods, she went straight to playing Elwood P. Dowd’s exasperated sister Veta Louise Simmons in Harvey! From supporting roles to leads, from musicals to plays, Taryn is acting up a storm on the Klein Theatre stage!
The Department of Theatre and Dance sat down to talk with Taryn
about Harvey and the rest of her experience at UMW so far.
T&D:What is your major?
T&D: What’s your main focus in theatre?
Taryn: Acting, with a focus in musical theatre.
T&D: How did you first get involved with theatre?
Taryn: My parents are musicians and they would play in shows. When I was a kid, they got me involved in the shows and found out I was halfway decent, so I kinda stuck with it. I come from a very artsy family.
T&D: What is your favorite show you’ve worked on at UMW?
Taryn: I’m gonna say Harvey, because it’s my first full-on play that I’ve ever done. It was a nice challenge for me, and it made me appreciate straight plays even more. I’m more of a musical theatre person, but now I want to do more plays.
T&D: What are your plans after graduation?
Taryn: I’m really interested in touring on like cruise ships, I really like travelling. I know Broadway is the big dream, but I really see myself travelling and doing whatever jobs I can. I’m an adventurer.
T&D: What is your favorite word? Least favorite word?
My least favorite word is moist. It is a horrible word. I don’t like the way it feels to say. It’s all about feeling.
T&D: What is your favorite kind of candy?
Taryn: Milky Ways.
T&D: If you could work on any play or musical, which one would it be?
Taryn: I’d really like to do A Little Night Music. It’s my favorite musical and I think it has some of Sondheim’s best music, and it’s a very interesting plot. It’s a nice challenge both musically and acting-wise.
T&D: Do you have any interests outside of theatre?
Taryn: I like cooking, baking, anything artsy, really. I paint, I’m very stereotypical, I’m rambling, I’m horrible at this, I’m horrible at interviews, I’m like Katniss Everdeen, he’s writing everything I’m saying. I think he should keep that. It adds personality.
T&D: What was the biggest challenge the role of Veta Louise Simmons presented to you?
Taryn: The biggest challenge, first off, was that it was my first straight play. But other than that, just the complexity of Veta and being able to convey all of her inner workings to the audience. Besides that is the whole deal with whether or not she sees Harvey, and how nutty she really is, because I don’t think she’s crazy. She’s not crazy. It’s been a great experience and it’s really helped me as an actor.