In this episode, we welcome Alison Ewing. This week Cabaret is at the Peace Center here in In Cabaret, she plays the challenging part of Fraulein Kost where she not only is a triple threat, she is a quadruple threat having to act, sing, dance and play the accordion! Alison has been performing all her life. As a child and teenager, she grew up acting in community theatre and taking acting classes culminating with Musical Theatre at Milliken University in Illinois. In the 1998 production of Cabaret, she played Lulu on Broadway and also toured with the show and even doing the production in French in Paris! Besides the Broadway stage and touring, she has even done Mamma Mia! (as Tanya) in Las Vegas.
Besides acting on stage, she has had TV appearances in “Ally McBeal” and “Six Feet Under,” and has voiceover credits in many video games and commercials.
Having done so much in the business, Eryn and Alison discuss her experiences through Mamma Mia! and Cabaret. They talk about the tours, Broadway productions, and shows in other venues outside of the US. Also, Alison talks a little about her opportunities in voiceover work.
Alison tells the audience to explore and open their eyes to more than just the life on stage. Pay attention and try out some roles behind the scenes that help put the show together. Be able to branch out and be open.
2:16- Can you tell us about your acting career and training while growing up?
3:09- At what point did you say, “I want to be an actor or I want to perform in Musical Theatre on Broadway…”
3:49- Why Milliken University?
4:50- Mama Mia! is one of your many Broadway shows…I believe, you did over 450 performances of it. Do you ever go in and think, “oh no, another show”…can you discuss what you do to keep everything fresh?
6:23- How were you able to get the opportunity to perform in the different venues in Las Vegas or Paris? Is there any difference between the different stages?
8:32- Talking about success if television, voiceovers, and film…
10:44- Okay, so you will be in Greenville at the Peace Center performing in Cabaret next week…I’m so excited to see the show and you! Now you were also in the 1998 Broadway production of the show. So were you asked to come back or did you have to audition to join the cast for this tour?
11:51- Alison and Eryn talk about the quadruple threats and all the talents in Cabaret…
14:31- So for everyone who is coming to see Cabaret next week at the Peace Center in Greenville, are there any particular scenes, dance numbers, songs that we should be looking for?
17:15- Being married to an actor! #goals
18:32- Many in my audience are like me…Middle and High School students who dream of a career in Drama, on the stage, Going for Broadway… do you think that one should invest four years of study at University, developing and improving their craft?
19:57- Any last advice would you give to aspiring young actors or for the parents of these actors in helping them reach their goals in acting and potentially being on Broadway or touring?
21:06- In closing, Alison, would you like to give an invite to the audience to come see Cabaret next week?