It’s going to be a busy (and dramatic) month in the Loween household. Laura has been cast as Maria in Lynden Performing Arts Guild’s production of “The Sound of Music,” and her husband, Jeremy, caught the title role in Bellingham Theatre Guild’s production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”
Both shows open next week. (Jeremy will be featured in this space next week, Sept. 25).
Laura, 25, was born and raised in Bellingham and graduated from Bellingham High School. Here’s how she became interested in musical theater.
Question: Where did you attend university?
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Answer: I studied education and music at Pacific Lutheran University. After graduating in 2011, I moved back to Bellingham, got married, and began my teaching career. This year I am teaching second grade at Central Elementary School in Sedro-Woolley.
Q: When did you first take a liking to musical theater?
A: My mother took me to see a production of “Annie” at Bellingham Theatre Guild when I was a little girl. After the show I turned to my mom and said, “I could do that!” She agreed.
When we saw that auditions were being held in spring 1998 in Lynden Performing Arts Guild’s production of “The Sound of Music” (my favorite movie as a child) at what was then the Queen Juliana Theatre (now the Claire VG Thomas Theatre), my heart was set on it. I was cast as Marta, the second youngest of the Von Trapp children.
The theater became a second home to me, and I was in two or so shows a year, all the way through high school.
Q: What other groups have you performed with?
A: I was in choir all through elementary, middle and high school. At Bellingham High, I loved being a part of Showstoppers. I sang in University Singers and University Chorale and the university’s praise band at Pacific Lutheran University. Now I love to sing in my church’s praise band along with my husband and mother.
Q: What other theatrical productions have you been in?
A: Over the years I have been in numerous musicals. Some of my favorite roles have been Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz,” Audrey in “Little Shop of Horrors,” and The Narrator in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”
Other favorite shows have been “West Side Story,” “Footloose” and “Little Women.”
Q: Why do you like to perform?
A: As a child I loved being onstage because I loved to pretend and had a great imagination. Now I love performing because it makes me feel happy and alive, not to mention it is great stress relief!
Q: What has been fun about rehearsal for this show?
A: The cast and production team have poured their hearts and souls into this show. The costuming is beautiful and historically accurate. The set is incredible. The music will make you melt.
Teri Grimes, our director, is so talented and always puts on high-quality productions. I think everyone will enjoy coming to this show, whether this is your first or your 30th time to see this classic.
It will be a wonderful escape from the craziness of life and you will transformed back in time to fall in love with the Von Trapp family. My goal is for the audience to leave “The Sound of Music” with happy hearts and smiles on their faces!
Q: What do you enjoy when you are not onstage?
A: When I am not doing theater, I love spending time with my family. My husband and I love to go for walks with our dogs and are also huge Seahawk fans! In the summer, we like to sail.
We also love spending time downtown and attending local events and festivals.