Look Here – It’s Laura Klos!

Look Here - It's Laura Klos!

Clara Albacete '19, Staff Writer

Not a new face to the stage, Laura Klos, a senior here at Oakland Catholic, participated in her fifth show this fall with Central and Oakland Catholic’s Masque. In this fall’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone, Laura played the role of the scatterbrained Mrs. Tottendale.

Laura went to St. Agnes for grade school and is thinking of majoring in neuroscience; she specifically wants to learn about the effects of music on the brain and is very excited to explore the possibilities of music.

Clara: Out of all the shows you’ve been in, which was your favorite?
Laura: I love them all for different reasons, but if I had to choose I would say Spamalot (Spring 2014). The overall experience was really magical and a lot of fun, and everybody was very nice.

C: What’s the best part about Masque?
L: The people. I love the directors, the cast and the crew, and everyone that participates in some way. It’s an unlikely bunch of people that come together for something they love. They’re people I don’t think I would have met it hadn’t been for Masque. The people really make Masque special and a lot of fun.

C: Do you get nervous about auditioning? What is it that makes you nervous?

L: Yes, I get extremely nervous. I think what makes me most nervous is that this moment will affect where I am in the show. If I get one note wrong, or don’t act just right – it decides my fate in this production, ridiculous as it sounds.

C: Do you think you’ll do anything with theater when you get to college?

L: I certainly want to! Theater is very close to my heart; I think it defines part of who I am.

C: What was your favorite line as Mrs. Tottendale?

L: “That was pure vodka you poop!” That spit take scene was one of the strangest things I have ever done.

C: Which was your favorite number of the Drowsy Chaperone?

L: Again, I like all of the numbers for different reasons, but my favorite has to be the Finale. I think you really got a look into the Man in Chair and how much this show really meant to him. This was the moment in the show when all the silliness was put aside and there was a deeper meaning for all the characters.

C: Compared to your other shows, how would you rate the success of The Drowsy Chaperone?

L: This was a really good fall show. I think it was definitely one of our best fall shows. It was very silly but I think that’s just what we needed to prepare for the spring show. I’m very happy with how The Drowsy Chaperone turned out.

C: Do you play the ukulele in real life? (In the show Laura’s character played the ukulele)

L: Yes, I do!

C: How did your thoughts of the show change from the beginning to the end?

L: Well at first I had no idea what the show was about; I was thinking ‘did they do a good job casting?’ But after the first read through I knew it was going to be great. Everybody had a little piece of how they would portray their character in mind and I just knew it was going to be a good show.

C: Is it hard to memorize lines, and what are your methods for learning them?

L: Well for The Drowsy Chaperone I didn’t actually have that many lines, so it wasn’t too hard. The read throughs helped, but also I remembered how I said everything and that kept them in my mind. Also, it’s important to know your character; my scenes were all with Evan Cuccaro, so when he would say something, I knew my character well enough to know how she would respond.

C: Do you get nervous before shows?

L: Yes, I get worried about how it’s going to go, especially for The Drowsy Chaperone because I opened the show! I have a ritual that I do before I go on and since I was in the very first scene I had to do all of it before hand in the wings.

C: Do you have any advice for cast members that had their first show this fall?

L: Take Masque very seriously and give it your all. It’s a very special and important group that I hold close to my heart. Also, form relationships! This is so important because having outside interactions helps you form your character. I’m friends with Evan (Cuccaro) and that helped make our interactions much easier and more believable.

C: Do you have any advice for people thinking of auditioning?

L: Audition if you’re up for it and are willing to commit. It’s really important that you know what being in Masque entails. It’s a commitment you have to be ready to embrace and love. There are so many great things about masque, and you don’t need any prior experience to be part of it. What I’m saying is that you have to be committed to the late nights and willing to work with everyone to make a great show. Experience isn’t necessary, but the right attitude definitely is.

C: Any closing thoughts?

L: I’m not one to dwell on the past, but perseverance is very important. You have to reflect on your past shows and how you’ve developed in order to succeed. Sometimes I think back to Christmas Carol and how I could’ve done better, but it’s okay, because overtime I’ve worked hard and have gotten better. Anyway, I would like to give a shout out to everyone that helped me deal with my hair and costume issues in The Drowsy Chaperone! I’d like to close with my mantra, a quote from Sierra Boggess: “You are enough, you are so enough, it is unbelievable how enough you are.”