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Spotlight On: Christine McGuinness



Connecticut Theatre Company’s “Spotlight On…” series continues with a look into our talented cast and crew of Nine. Get to know Christine McGuinness who is in the Ensemble!




Introduce Yourself to Our Audience:

Hi, I’m Christine! Nurse by day; German at the Spa by night. I’m also a wife and pet mom to two dogs and two cats. I love all things Disney, live music, and anything related to the 90s.


Why did you want to be involved in this production?

I have not been in a show in over 15 years. And I haven’t been in a musical since high school. My career as a nurse forced me to put my passion for acting on the back burner. But now I work in outpatient with a “normal” schedule, which has enabled me to return to my first love: the theatre.  Also, I have a friend who has done a couple of shows with CTC, and she had nothing but glowing things to say about the company. I wasn’t very familiar with “Nine” before auditioning, but now I love it. It’s unlike any show I’ve been in. And, everyone has been so kind and welcoming to me. 


How do you prepare for a new role or character, and what techniques do you use?

I think it helps to listen to the music from the show (if it’s a musical). And, if there is a film version, to watch it. Drawing inspiration is great, but then it’s figuring out how to make the character your own. 


What do you love about your character?

I’m part of the ensemble, which kind of enables me to be several “characters” throughout the show. I love being in the dance sequences. Dancing is my favorite! 


What challenges did you face bringing the script to life?

The music in the show is very intricate! It’s been fun learning it, but also challenging. 


Who do you look up to (as an actor/director/etc.)?

Sutton Foster has had an admirable career. She can do it all: sing, dance, and act. You can also tell she’s just a genuine and kind human being, which makes me love her even more. 


What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage / the curtain goes up?

Close my eyes, take a deep breath, and exhale. 


What is your favorite film or theater production and why?

Chicago. I have been obsessed with the film version since it came out. And I saw it on Broadway about 10 years ago. To me, Chicago is timeless and classic. And as a dancer, I have such a love and respect for Fosse’s choreography.


Nine opens May 17th and runs through June 2nd at Connecticut Theatre Company. Tickets on sale now!


“A galloping fantasy [with a] ravishingly inventive and tuneful score.” – The New York Times