A Christmas Carol opens in just a few days, and we know this classic Dickens' tale will brighten your holiday season. Get your tickets today and spend this holiday season as Scrooge did when he finally "[...] walked about the streets, and watched the people hurrying to and fro, and patted the children on the head, and questioned beggars, and looked down into the kitchens of homes, and up to the windows, and found that everything could yield him pleasure. He had never dreamed of any walk, that anything, could give him so much happiness."
We have the honor of welcoming Rebecca Myers back to our stage as Mrs. Cratchit. Rebecca graced our stage in Oklahoma! and has been a prominent performer on stages across the city and state. We got to sit down with this hilarious and genuine human and learn about her past, present and future.
Rebecca: Knoxville, Tennessee
TW: Home now?
Rebecca: Colorado Springs, Colorado
TW: Your resume says you studied theatre and minored in psychology at the University of Tennessee. How does theatre and psychology collaborate in your work?
Rebecca: I have always been very interested in why we are what we are: how our thoughts and behaviors not only inform our lives and relationships but how they enrich them. During school, psychology seemed like a natural avenue to explore in conjunction with theatre. I think the education was useful and influential on my work as an actor. I recently just finished a second yoga teacher training program with Cambio Yoga studio for similar reasons. I am fascinated by the study of health, wholeness, authenticity, and humanity. Born from natural curiosity, I've made a lifelong endeavor to learn more about myself and others and how we all relate to one another, and this in turn, will hopefully continue to make me a better artist, educator, and human.
TW: Who are your theatre idols?
Rebecca: I'm not sure that I have theatre idols in the traditional celebrity sense. I have been greatly influenced by a few of my college professors who not only taught me technique but took time and effort to encourage and mentor a very quiet and shy student way back when. I greatly admire several of my fellow colleagues from regional work (shout out to Janice Stevens for teaching me a pin curl technique that I have used in every show for the last thirteen years), but there are too many people to name, even in this community, that have impressed lasting change on me. I guess I idolize real artistic grit, work ethic, and compassion.
TW: Can you tell us about your work with Thin Air Theatre Company in Cripple Creek, CO?
Rebecca: Sure. My first contract with Thin Air Theatre Company was actually what brought me to Colorado ten years ago. I worked with them for over eight seasons. TATC holds a special place in my heart because they not only provided high quality theatre (mostly melodramas, musicals, and comedies) to the residents of Teller County, but by working there I learned the value of small business, of theatre production, and of providing a warm and welcoming experience for theatergoers and their families. Also, I met some of the most important people in my life there, including my husband Mickey Burdick!
TW: What does Mrs Cratchit represent for you?
Rebecca: To me, Mrs. Cratchit represents unfailing strength, the kind that is demonstrated by a mother tending to her family. Her warmth, empathy, humor, duty, passion, and even indignation inadvertently affect change in Scrooge's heart. I see her as the ever essential mortar to the bricks being laid in this story.
TW: One thing we should be doing to foster the next generation of theatregoers?
Rebecca: Create experiences and stories that folks want to come back to, and make them accessible. As theatre-makers I believe we have a duty to create theatre that is truthful, heartfelt, entertaining, quality, affordable, and worthwhile. So you know, just the one, tiny thing...making it good.
TW: What books are you currently, or most recently reading?
Rebecca: Most recently, I finished the Ramayana, an ancient Indian epic that was required reading for my latest yoga teaching training. I got sucked into this beautiful story and learned much from it. But YOU GUYS, it was 700 pages long! I'm proud I actually finished it. Currently, I am reading the good old fashioned What to Expect While You're Expecting and a couple other things on pregnancy because...surprise! I'm pregnant.
TW: What’s one thing we don’t know about you?
Rebecca: I am a home wine-maker. This does not mean I make great wine, but I'm told it's highly drinkable.
TW: We’re so excited for your family’s newest member. Are you willing to share any details with us?
Rebecca: Yes! My husband and I are expecting the arrival of our daughter in late February. We don't yet have any names picked out or plans for a nursery. All we can say is we're excited, and even though this will already be her second appearance in a production we hope she doesn't grow up to become an actor.
Rebecca Myers with the whole Christmas Carol Family