Candice Lundy comfortable in role as Cassie in 'A Chorus Line'

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJune 11, 2014 

Candice Lundy, Bellingham Theatre Guild

Candice Lundy, 19, plays Cassie in the Bellingham Theatre Guild's presentation of "A Chorus Line," June 13-29, 2014 at the guild playhouse, 1600 H St. in Bellingham.

KIM FRIBERG — COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

Bellingham Theatre Guild presents "A Chorus Line," Friday, June 13, through June 29 at the guild playhouse, 1600 H St.

Candice Lundy, 19, has the plum role of Cassie, an older dancer and featured performer who is returning to play in the chorus. Here's what Lundy has to say about her life onstage.

Question: When did you first begin acting?

Answer: When I was 5, I moved to Bellingham from Los Gatos, Calif. I began theater when I was 7 at the Barn Theatre in Sudden Valley. My older sister, Chelsey Lundy, actually was auditioning for a show and I happened to be there. I decided it would be fun and so I began my first musical ever, "The Pirates of Penzance."

From there my love for the theater flourished and became the thing in my life that would help me through the struggles I would have to face. I have been in 45 productions since, which I have had the honor to share with my talented stepsister Abrah Friberg.

Q: What have been some of your favorite shows?

A: It's hard to pick the most memorable moments on the stage, but I would have to say one of my top roles was playing Jud Fry in "Oklahoma!" at Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth.

I remember David Post, the director and founder of BAAY, talking to me and my mom about how he wasn't sure he had another person other than Brad Anderson to play the role and then suddenly saying "Ooh, I have an idea!" and dashed off.

Jud was one of the most interesting and intense roles I have ever played.

Another play would be "Little Shop of Horrors" with BAAY, where I played the role of Audrey. My "Seymour" was the amazing Kaleb Van Rijswijck. We did 16 shows of it together and then two more revival shows two years later.

Finally, I would have to say "RPG," a new musical entirely written, directed, animated and composed by the very talented Steve Barnes (of Bellingham). "RPG" is one of the most amazing, in-depth, well-written musicals I have ever had the honor of doing or have seen. We now have a full-cast recording that Steve Barnes both created and recorded himself using our vocals in his apartment.

Thanks to Steve, I can say that Brad, Abrah, Kaleb and I are officially on iTunes and Amazon. To be a part of such a unique experience is something I will never forget, and I do hope we will do it again soon.

Q: What are your thoughts on the character of Cassie in "A Chorus Line?"

A: Cassie is a role I have always dreamed of playing. In many ways she is a lot like me. Cassie creates her opportunities, never gives up on her dreams, and she fights when there is little hope left.

For me, getting into the role of Cassie is not difficult. At many points in my life I have felt like just giving up, but then realizing that the thing I love most will get me through anything; all I have to do is perform.

This show as a whole is going to be phenomenal. The cast, directors and choreographers treat this show as a full professional production, which will put us up with the best of the best. We will not settle for anything less than amazing. We strive for only the best in "every little step."

Q: Who have been some of the people who influenced who you are?

A: Through my life I have had incredible mentors; too many to name, but David Post, Steve Barnes, Linda Short, Jami Templeton and Terence Kelley are a few. They will always be family to me. They have taught me not only to sing, act and dance, but how to be the person I am today and have helped me through many of life's challenges.

Finally, my mom and best friend, Kim Friberg, who has been there through everything with me and will always fight for me; and my adorable nephew Logan who is 5 and lives with us. He will always be one of the most important people in my life and my inspiration.

Q: Future plans?

A: I am attending the University of Hartford in Hartford, Conn., and am going for a bachelor's degree in fine arts in musical theater and a minor in creative writing.

Hopefully, someday this studying will lead me to Broadway, but more importantly to be paid to do what I love most.

Reach Margaret Bikman at margaret.bikman@bellinghamherald.com or 360-715-2273.

COMING UP

What: Bellingham Theatre Guild presents "A Chorus Line." The play contains adult themes and language.

When: Friday, June 13, to June 29. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. Sundays.

Where: Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St.

Tickets: $14 adults, $12 students and seniors, 360-733-1811, bellinghamtheatreguild.com.

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