Connecticut Theatre Company’s “Spotlight On…” series continues with a look into our talented cast of Disaster!. Get to know the delightful Lori Holm.
What drew you to the show Disaster!?
I have been looking for a window in my schedule in which to audition for a show with you guys. This was it! I’m having a blast with this wacky comedy that takes me on a trip down memory lane and with all of you at CTC!
How long have you been doing theater?
As a child I jumped at every chance to be involved in a production either on or off stage. I remember as a primary student we had a very creative teacher who wrote a musical parody about Watergate. I was too young to understand a thing about it but I remember songs such as Eric Stewart’s “I’m Not in Love” (especially because I got to do the whispering ‘big boys don’t cry, big boys don’t cry’ part), Todd Rundgren’s “Hello, It’s Me”, and Thin Lizzy’s “The Boys Are Back in Town”. Curious, that teacher wasn’t asked back the next year- too bad, … we all loved her! When I was in the 7th grade, I entered a fall playwright contest and won. My play was performed as a holiday show. It was about the nativity told from the donkeys perspective. I’ve pretty much loved theatre my whole life.
My all time favorite disaster movies:
Titanic (1997)- because it’s touching, magnificent, and terrifying; Airplane! (1980)- because Leslie Nielson is hysterical… “Can you fly this plane, and land it?”… “Surely you can’t be serious.”… “I am serious… and don’t call me Shirley!”; San Francisco (1936)- Because, relocating here from the SF Bay Area, I understand what a wonderful story this is and who doesn’t love Jeanette MacDonald, Spencer Tracy, and Clark Gable?!; The Birds (1963)- because I raised my two oldest children playing on the beaches of Bodega Bay and because, of course, its Hitchcock.
My favorite songs in the show:
When Will I Be Loved and 25 or 6 to 4
I have ridden a bull in a rodeo.
Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick’s Disaster! opens October 11th and runs through October 27th at Connecticut Theatre Company. Tickets on sale now!