MEET THE CAST: CHRISTINE BAKER

Christine BakerToday, we shine the spotlight on Christine Baker, who is the incredibly talented dance captain and featured dancer in our upcoming mainstage production of Sweet Charity.

Christine Baker is extremely excited to be performing in her 4th show with Hillbarn Theatre! She was last seen in the ensemble cast of last season’s Funny Girl and Curtains, and this season’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Central College in Pella, IA and enjoys traveling abroad. She would like to thank her friends & family for their continued love & support. Also, thank you to Dan Demers & Erica Wyman-Abrahamson for their inspiration and for giving her the opportunity to grow in theatre.

What inspired you to accept a role in Sweet Charity?
I actually really wanted to be in this show because I had a lot of friends in the cast and I knew there was going to be a lot of dancing! I talked about wanting to be in it so much that word got around to Erica (the director), and after one phone call with her, I was cast!
What do you think the audience will be discussing on their way home after seeing Sweet Charity?
I think the audience will talk about how much they were entertained by the show. There are so many great moments. I hope they leave happier than when they came in, and, of course, hopefully they’re impressed by the dance numbers.
In one of the scenes in Sweet Charity, Charity and Oscar get stuck in an elevator. Who would you most like to be stuck in an elevator with? 
I’d want to be stuck in an elevator with my friend Selena. We’ve traveled together many times and we’ve experienced many different adventurers (some of them have been sticky situations). So if I was stuck in an elevator with her, I would have more confidence of getting out because she would remain calm and I’d trust her to know what to do. Plus, she works for the Woodside Fire Department, she has those guys on speed dial!
When did you discover your love for the theatre?
I was 12 or 13 when I saw my first musical, which was Phantom of the Opera. To this day, it is still my absolute favorite.
How did you get started in theatre?
One of my dance students told me about Hillbarn a few years ago, and encouraged me to audition. I auditioned for Spamalot, and that’s where I met Dan Demers. I wasn’t cast in the show, but came back the following year and auditioned for Funny Girl. That ended up being the first musical I ever performed in, and it was an amazing experience! Now, I’m hooked.
What do you love about performing on stage?
I love being able to show a different, more outgoing, side of myself when I’m on stage. The adrenaline that you feel when you are under the lights, performing for an audience, is unlike anything else. I love living in those moments! I, also, love being part of an ensemble because I’m able to share the stage with so many talented people and I get the opportunity to grow and learn from them.
What is your favorite and most memorable role you ever played?  Why?
My current role in Sweet Charity is already pretty memorable. Not only do I get to do Fosse choreography but I also have my first speaking part. The majority of my performance training is in dancing, so I really don’t think of myself as a theatre person. So having lines in a show is a huge deal for me! It’s a great challenge.

If you could pick one actor/actress to perform with on Broadway, who would it be?
Julie Andrews, who wouldn’t want to perform with Mary Poppins?

Do you have any wacky rituals you do before curtain call?
Not really. But I do lead dance warm-ups for the cast. Depending on the day, I might choose 90s pop music, or 70s disco. But usually, it’s hip hop. 🙂

What is one thing you are incredibly proud of?
I’m originally from Iowa, so I’m proud that I had the courage to move to the Bay Area in order to experience living in a new place. I’ve been here for 8 years, so clearly, it’s working out. 😉

What is one fact or fun thing or special/hidden talent that we don’t know about you?
I absolutely love to travel!! Some of the favorite places I’ve been are Granada, Spain, Rome, Italy and Cusco, Peru. My next adventure is coming up this July: Bogotá, Colombia!

Don’t miss your chance to see Christine Baker, in Sweet Charity May 5-29, at the historic Hillbarn Theatre in Foster City.

Tickets available at  hillbarntheatre.org

 

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