The actress and educator appears in 42nd Street Moon’s production of Cole Porter’s Cold War-era “Silk Stockings” and heads up the troupe’s new school for musical theater training.
How long has the school been in existence? We built the studio in August 2010; it’s on Van Ness and Grove, near the symphony hall. It’s a big, noisy wonderful place.
What’s offered in the classes? We do the triple threat: acting, singing and dancing for adults and teens in nine-week sessions. At the end, we put on a show.
What seems to be the biggest challenge for the students? Learning how to sing, dance and act at same time takes its own skill set. Of the three individually, the thing that comes hardest is dance.
Are the classes geared toward those going on to careers in performance? I try to make the songs they work on something they could take to an audition.
What’s your role in “Silk Stockings”? I’m playing the movie star Janice Dayton. She’s kind of a lovable idiot.
Can you describe the show? What happens in it directly relates to what’s happening in the world now. Everything old is new again.