Thursday, November 11, 2010

ON THE SPOT with Airlie Scott

Welcome to our friends from Lyngo Theatre Company! Here's our backstage chat with Airlie Scott, soon to be known to you as April in Egg and Spoon. Is it any suprise to know she misses proper English tea the most while traveling?

New Victory: Where did you grow up?
Airlie Scott: In Warwick, in the Midlands, UK and in Cobham / Claygate, Surrey UK

NV: Favorite hometown haunt?
AS: I love hanging out on the South Bank in London.

NV: Favorite NYC haunt?
AS: Ooh so many, currently Central Park, Birdland, Swing 46 Club, and Alice’s Tea Cup

NV: When you travel, what do you miss most about home?
AS: Proper English Tea and the English countryside

NV: Favorite family activity?
AS: Holidaying in Cornwall

NV: Most memorable theatrical experience as a spectator?
AS: Janet McTeer in Ibsen’s A Doll’s House in London’s West End

NV: Most memorable theatrical experience as a performer?
AS: Hard to say, playing a boy Ralph in Lord of the Flies on tour in Europe was an amazing life experience, but also currently love playing Doris Day in Wonderful Day a musical cabaret touring the UK celebrating her life and music.

NV: If you weren't a performer, what would you want to do with your life?
AS: Be a healer.

NV: Do you do anything else to earn a living?
AS: I’m also a jazz singer and a teacher of drama/music.

NV: What is your educational background? Training background?
AS: Postgraduate Diploma in Musical Theatre at Royal College of Music, London (Combined Schools programme with Royal Academy of Music). Before that I studied English Literature and Theatre Studies at Leeds University including an Erasmus Year* at Salzburg University, Austria (Note: Erasmus Year is what we Americans call "study abroad").

NV: What is your cultural heritage? Has it influenced your work, and if so, how?
AS: I’m only an eighth Scottish but I do love Scotland! I have a fully Scottish name, and strawberry blonde hair if that counts?! Otherwise I’m mostly English. I do seem to be constantly heading back up to Scotland though, for tours there playing Doris Day in Wonderful Day and stints in other shows at the Byre Theatre in St. Andrews and the Edinburgh Fringe.

NV: Which 3 people have influenced you the most?
AS: Julie Andrews (grew up on Sound of Music and Mary Poppins), Doris Day, and Ella Fitzgerald

NV: Why do you like performing at the New Vic?
AS: Excited to be making my debut performing Off Broadway at the New Vic and love the fact that it’s in the heart of the Theater District!

Thanks, Airlie! Watch the trailer for Egg and Spoon and take your little ones to experience this unique piece. Wait lists are available for each sold-out show by calling Ticket Services at 646-223-3010.

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