Eryn is joined today with Beth Norris, someone she met at the FAC where Beth was interning. Beth Norris is a senior at North Greenville University where she will be graduating in December with a bachelors in Theatre Performance. Though she has been on stage singing since the time she could walk, she didn’t discover theatre until her senior year at Hendersonville High School, where she was a featured soloist in 2008’s senior class show, Singing in the Rain. She won the Best Supporting Actress Award for her portrayal of the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet. She was a KCACTF Irene Ryan Award Nominee in 2014 for her role in Quilters at North Greenville University and competed at the regional level. Wrapping up her final semester at NGU, Beth is making her directoral debut with The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, adding another skill and much more experience to her resume alongside being a music director and stage manager.
Throughout this episode, Beth and Eryn talk mainly about Beth’s experiences. She goes through the timeline from singing at her first performance in high school and onto where she is today. She discusses her work with North Greenville University, the benefits of going to a smaller school, and the importance of making yourself more valuable by doing different things that could always help and be needed.
In This Episode:
2:30- How did you get into singing on stage first?
3:08- Did you know then that you wanted to be an actor and further your knowledge in the craft?
3:57- What about North Greenville University made you want to go there? What is the training like there?
6:02- What advice would you give to high school kids in looking at colleges/universities?
6:52- And you were a nominee for the KCACTF Irene Ryan Award in 2014, what was this award all about? And you competed at the regional level… what exactly does that mean?
8:50- How did you get into this directing opportunity of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever?
9:56- Have you considered directing before now?
11:00- Do you have a certain vision in mind that you want your production to be?
12:06- And aside from directing, you have also musical directed and stage managed a good bit of productions. Was this to be more versatile?
13:26- Do you see a future for you in stage managing and directing?
14:33- Is there any way that being a director, musical director, or a stage manager helped you at all in being an actor?
15:38- And you’ve spent several weeks with us here at the FAC, but what brought you here in the first place?
17:30- And I saw on your special skills list that you are able to harmonize by ear. Could you tell us more about this awesome little trick?
19:48- And what advice, in general, would you like to give to aspiring young actors (or the parents) in reaching their goals in performing?
22:21- What are your plans after finishing up this year at school?
“The more valuable you make yourself, the more employable you are.”