We sat down with Emilia Brown, currently starring as Pippin’s grandmother Berthe in The Dutch Apple’s production of Pippin. Be sure to check out this dazzling production (featuring circus acrobatics!) while it’s running, now through September 23rd.
FLL: What is your favorite part of the Dutch Apple’s production of Pippin? What makes it so unique?
EB: The music, Fosse choreography and the acrobatics! I trained gymnastics growing up and I just love watching the acrobats in the cast perform and train. They do crazy tricks and they inspire me with their strength and focus.
FLL: Tell us about the very first theatrical production you were ever in.
EB: I was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden and when I was 6-years-old, my mom took me to audition for the Sound of Music. I got the role of Gretel and loved performing in it. I then knew that I wanted to continue doing theatre.
FLL: Any pre-show rituals you stick to?
EB: I always try to get a workout in before a show. It can be yoga, gym or a workout video to get my body going. Usually I do a vocal warm-up, but since I’m playing the grandma [in Pippin] and sing and talk with a low and raspy voice, I’ve been a little lazy with the vocal warm-ups.
FLL: How about your favorite production to watch from the audience?
EB: I have a lot of favorites, but to name a few I like Miss Saigon, Wicked, Dear Evan Hanson, Billy Elliot and Kristina från Duvemåla, which is a Swedish musical composed by the ABBA members Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson.
FLL: Favorite post-show snack?
EB: Chips and guacamole!!
FLL: Where is the most interesting place you’ve visited while traveling with a show?
EB: When we toured with the show Pippin, I really enjoyed seeing Miami Beach, Key West, LA and Niagara Falls. [In LA] we had time to go on a couple of beautiful hikes, see the Walk of Fame, and swim in the ocean. Another city I really liked was Lexington, KY, a cute little city with friendly people. I’ve also worked on cruise ships and got to travel in the Caribbean.
FLL: Finally, what do you think makes theatre so special?
EB: The challenge that you, as a performer, have to be so versatile with different styles of music and dance makes me motivated to always get better at my job. I also love seeing shows on Broadway. So much talent and beautiful stories being told with music, singing and dancing. I believe there is a theatre show for everyone, even the people that say they hate musical theatre. They just haven’t seen the right one yet.
Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
510 Centerville Road, Lancaster