It may be only the second week of the semester, but our students have already gotten off to a huge start!
Among those students is Kat Zeringue, kicking off her junior year playing Tessy Mahoney
in The Miss Firecracker Contest, opening September 19 in Klein Theatre!
The Department of Theatre and Dance sat Kat down
to ask her some questions about here time at UMW so far.
T&D: What is your major?
Kat: My major is theatre.
T&D: What’s your hometown?
Kat: Freehold, New Jersey. Stick a pin in the middle of New Jersey and it’s Freehold, it’s as central Jersey as it gets.
T&D: What’s your main focus in theatre?
Kat: I’m not quite certain yet, I have a great passion for acting and I’ve been in two of the productions, but I also have a strong interest in the management side of theatre.
T&D: How did you first get involved with theatre?
Kat: My grandma took me to my first Broadway show (I think it was Beauty and the Beast) when I was four years old, and I’ve seen at least two a year ever since, and I’ve just completely fallen in love with it. Being so close to New York helps that, I got a very amazing opportunity at a very young age.
T&D: What is your favorite show you’ve worked on at UMW?
Kat: I think my favorite show was Talking With, just because of the group dynamic we formed despite the fact that none of us were on stage together, it being a show of purely monologues. It was a show where I really bonded with my cast and was able to really get to know these girls. It was unbelievably fun to work on.
T&D: What are your plans after graduation?
Kat: My plan after graduation is to move to New York, I have a couple friends there already who I’m very close with, so I’ll probably be moving in with them. New York is really where I feel most drawn to, just because I have such a connection with it from home, it’s where I would go to see theatre, plus I work there in the summers. I really just love the city.
T&D: What is your favorite word? Least favorite word?
Kat: My least favorite word is, I don’t know, moist. It gives me just a terrible, terrible taste in my mouth, I hate it. I guess my favorite word would be seriously, I use it a lot, usually in exclamatory statements. It’s definitely frequent in my vocabulary.
T&D: What is your favorite kind of candy?
Kat: Favorite kind of candy is Twix. So good.
T&D: If you could work on any play or musical, which one would it be?
Kat: I think I would work on Once, I saw it about a year ago with the original cast, and I was just so awestruck by their talent and their ability to simultaneously act, dance, sing, and be the orchestra. It was just unbelievable to watch and I would love to be a part of it.
T&D: Who would be some of your biggest professional influences?
Kat: I think that as far as actresses I admire, I’d have to say Jennifer Lawrence, even though it sounds cliché, just because she’s so popular right now, but her work not only as a comedic actress but her ability to switch gears and be unbelievably heartfelt and serious and moving as an actress is something I really admire. I’ve always been drawn to more serious roles, but I like playing something a little more quirky.
T&D: What accomplishments or contributions would you like to be remembered for when you graduate?
Kat: I guess I would want to be remembered as somebody who was really passionate but versatile. I don’t want to just be remembered by my acting, because I’m very passionate about the management side.
T&D: Do you have any interests outside of theatre?
Kat: I’ve danced my whole life, so that’s something I try to keep up with. I swam all through high school, and so swimming’s something that I’m not doing competitively anymore, but gives me an opportunity to blow off steam and really center myself, there’s nothing like doing laps.
T&D: The Miss Firecracker Contest goes up just four weeks into the semester. How does it feel to be putting together a full-length show in such a short span of time?
Kat: It feels very urgent, everything’s more condensed, but that doesn’t mean our work suffers for it, because we have to put up just as good a show as the people who have months for it. We have to make sure it’s as good a show as it can be, so we have to work harder and work longer and realize that crunch time is the whole time.