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Friday, November 25, 2011

Red Carpet's Artist Spotlight: BETHANY BURROWS discusses her role in A CHORUS LINE

Red Carpet's Artist Spotlight: 
BETHANY BURROWS discusses her role in A CHORUS LINE 
Bethany Burrows (Val) is excited to reunite with Red Carpet Theater Productions and perform along side this talented cast of A Chorus Line. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Arts for Children with a Theatre concentration and a minor in Theatre at SUNY Brockport.  Bethany has been very active in musical theatre throughout New York State.  Some past and favorite roles include Eponine in Les Miserables; Yonah in Children of Eden; Gabriella in Disney’s High School Musical; Little Sally in Urinetown; Shelby in The Spitfire Grill; Eve in Children of Eden; Luisa in The Fantasticks (Red Carpet Theater Productions), Cordelia in Falsettos and Helga in Cabaret.  While studying Theatre at Brockport, Bethany took a detour from musical theatre to perform her first dramatic role as Sybil in the Mainstage production of The Cover of Life, for which she received an Irene Ryan Nomination for Acting Excellence.  If Bethany isn’t on stage you can find her behind the camera as she is a photographer by day; she was also the performance photographer for Red Carpet’s 2011 production of Tuesday’s with Morrie.  Bethany would like to thank her family and friends for their constant love and support (especially for making those long trips to see her perform!) as well as the extremely dedicated Production Team and Cast of A Chorus Line for “One Singular-Sensational” experience! 
RCTP: Tell me about the first time you saw A Chorus Line, did you ever think you would have the opportunity to be cast in the show, and what makes you want to be a part of this production?
BB: "The first time I had a glimpse of A Chorus Line was almost ten years ago when my senior dance number was performed to the infamous song “One.” We wore the gold costumes and everything! Little did I know or expect to be seen wearing that flashy costume again but I couldn’t be more excited and proud to be a part of this talented cast!"
RCTP: What Character do you play in A Chorus Line and do you have any similarities in common with your character?
BB: " I am playing Val – the sassy, foul-mouthed dancer who couldn’t get cast in a show until she had surgery to improve her looks. In many ways, Val’s personality is different from my own (which is what makes taking on this role exciting); however, I relate to some of her insecurities as well as her spunky, bubbly characteristics. Val can seem blunt, even harsh sometimes and her confidence (she appears to have) makes others think she had it easy all her life. The truth: she struggled as many of us do to get to where she is today and is constantly fighting to keep her chin up and push for her dreams. That, I can relate to."

RCTP: A Chorus Line was conceived and originally Directed/Choreographed by Buffalo’s own Michael Bennett.  If he were here today, what do you think his thoughts would be about the level of talent in this current production, with most of the talent coming from the Western New York Region?
BB: " I think Michael Bennett would be impressed by what he sees in Red Carpet’s cast of A Chorus Line…not only by their talent, but the dedication and willingness of the cast to work together to make this production as amazing as it can/will be. He may also be blown away by how accurately the show was cast as each actor portrays and stays true to their character. Michael would be proud of his fellow WNY-ers!"

RCTP: What to do you like the most about working with Red Carpet Theater Productions?
BB: "Red Carpet Theater Productions treats their actors extremely professionally and can relate to them at the same time; they are always concerned about the actors’ well-being throughout the entire production experience. Red Carpet Theater Productions has a place in my heart as I was fortunate enough to have been part of The Fantasticks, which I’ll always remember ”...the Kind of September…and Follow…” Red Carpet is like a family and with each new project they take on their family grows a bit more!"
RCTP: What is your next project?
BB: "I do not have any projects officially set as of now, however; I do have some auditions in mind this winter. Here’s to hoping I get it!"
A Chorus Line  will be performed at the Lancaster Opera House from January 20,2012 -February 4, 2012.  Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 716-683-1776 or by visiting the Lancaster Opera House website at

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