Welcome to the MGR Playhouse Spotlight! In these posts, you’ll learn about the numerous employees who create the shows you see in Auburn, and all over New York State! Each week, there will be new posts regarding our technical, production, and artistic employees. This week, I sat down with one of our Parade stars, Kristin Wetherington! In the production, Kristin plays Lucille Frank, Leo’s loving and devoted wife who eventually becomes his strongest advocate. In our interview, we discussed her previous theater experience, her admiration for Brett Smock, and her love for all things Wegmans.
Name: Kristin Wetherington
Where you’re from: Greenville, North Carolina (but I currently live in New York!)
Job Title: Actress (Lucille Frank) in Parade
Previous MGR Experience: None! This is my first time!
Previous Non-MGR Theatre Experience: My very first play was “The Princess and the Magic Pea!” Then, in high school I was in Pirates of Penzance, and did cheerleading (and soccer.) I spent my undergrad at East Carolina University where I was a Theatre Education Major, and then changed to a BFA in Acting. Then, after performing in the international tour of Aida (Amneris), I went to the Moscow Art Theatre through my graduate program with American Repertory Theater and received my MFA in Acting from Harvard in 2015. Most recently, I closed a run of Victor/Victoria (Norma) with Ocean State Theatre; previously, I appeared in Irving Berlin’s Lousiana Purchase off-Broadway, The Miracle Worker (Kate Keller), and Gypsy (Louise).
Favorite Part of Your Job: I love that every single show has its own challenges; I don’t approach every role the same way, and I like to see which recipe works for each character. With this show, I approached the score first.
Favorite Musicals or Plays: The Color Purple and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Someone at MGR You Admire: I really admire Brett Smock! He’s incredibly efficient in the rehearsal room, really smart with story telling, and gives everyone the right tools. He’s so specific and works so hard to prepare for each rehearsal; he’s the most prepared director I’ve ever worked with! He already knows what he wants in each scene.
Hobbies and Free Time: I love to cook, and I really like to work out at Mark Fisher Fitness (in New York). Kettle bell training is my favorite! I also really enjoy hanging out with my husband of almost 3 years.
What You Love Most About Being in the Finger Lakes: Wegmans – I love Wegmans! I wish it was everywhere! And, I love eating lunch in the beautiful weather.
What You’d Like to Do Next: I’ll be appearing in South Pacific at Triad Stage in North Carolina! Someday, I would like to play Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, and I would love to do some more comedic roles in plays and musicals. And Shakespeare! Lots of Shakespeare.
We are so lucky to have such talented and passionate people in our Festival family, and Kristin is no exception! We wish her the utmost luck in all of her upcoming endeavors, and although she’s a first timer, we hope to see her back on the Playhouse stage someday soon! Be sure to see Kristin’s soaring vocals and commanding stage presence for yourself in FLMTF’s production of Parade, running now through July 26 at the Preston H. Thomas Theatre in the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse! Thanks for reading.