MEET THE CAST: REBECCA CARTERIS 

BeccaToday, we shine the spotlight on Rebecca Carteris, who is one of the featured dancers in our upcoming production of Sweet Charity.

Rebecca Carteris was born and raised in the Bay Area and has been a part of the Hillbarn family since she was 13 years old. She grew up dancing full-time at various studios, and quickly started teaching students of all ages. Her journey in musical theater began as a featured dancer for Steamed Heat in The Pajama Game. Rebecca also performed in Grand Hotel at Hillbarn when she was 15, and unfortunately hasn’t been on the stage since. In the years that passed, Rebecca worked behind the scenes in different areas of theater — from choreography to stage management and worked at Hillbarn for the Conservatory as choreographer, director and dance teacher. After a ten year hiatus from the stage, Rebecca is thrilled to rejoin the theater community!

What inspired you to accept a role in Sweet Charity?
When I heard that Erica Wyman was directing this show I had to be in it. She has always been my inspiration ever since I was young. She is the reason I am in theater and to work with her again would be an honor. I knew she had worked on this show in Michigan two years ago and had done nothing but rave about how wonderful and funny it is. I wanted to be in a show that was familiar to me and that had a lot of dancing in it. Sweet Charity provides all of that and I cannot wait to be in front of an audience and show them what this fabulous cast can do.

What do you think the audience will be discussing on their way home after seeing Sweet Charity?
After seeing Sweet Charity the audience will most likely talk about how funny and witty it is. The one scene I feel the audience will talk about the most and I hope they do is the elevator scene, this is my favorite scene in the show. It is when Oscar and Charity first meet and they are stuck in an elevator. Oscar has major claustrophobia and they way he impersonates it can bring you to tears it’s so hilarious. Both David (Oscar) and Monique (Charity) bring such life to their characters and the chemistry that runs between them is electric.

When did you discover your love for the theatre?
When I was 15 years old and I was given an ensemble role in my first main stage show, Grand Hotel. I fell in love with the choreographer and the  magic the theater brings. I also loved the comradery of the cast and the relationships I made that I still have til this day.

How did you get started in theatre?
At the age of 13 Erica Wyman asked me to be part of her performing group Broadway Bound. I started as a performer and then moved onto become one of her choreographers. Since then I have worked for Erica and other directors throughout the years and have loved every minute of it.

What do you love about performing on stage?
My favorite thing about performing on stage is the energy that flows between the performers and their audience. When the lights go up and I can see the chairs filled with people, I get excited and jittery and cannot wait to entertain those that have come to see the magic that is theater.

If you could pick one actor/actress to perform with on Broadway, who would it be?
This is a hard question, I would say for an actress I would have to say Kristen Chenoweth because she is little and bubbly like me. I just know we would get along fabulously! For an actor I would choose Harry Connick Jr. I think he is so handsome and I love his voice, I could listen to him any day.

Who would you most like to be stuck in an elevator with? Why? 
I would most like to be stuck in an elevator with the people in my family that have passed away. We lost all my grandparents and a few uncles within a few years of each other a few years ago. I would give anything to be stuck in a confined space with them again to ask questions and have them tell me stories of their lives and their parents before them.
If you could wake up tomorrow and be in the body of someone else, who would you pick and what would you do?
If I could wake up tomorrow in the body of someone else I would have to pick my aunt Fran Mottie. She has such a positive outlook on life not matter what she has gone through. She is a true role model for optimism and living life to the fullest.

What is one thing you are incredibly proud of?
One thing I am proud of is getting up the guts to get back on stage. When you have not been on stage after so many years, it is daunting to get back on the horse. I am proud that I have taken the advantage of this wonderful opportunity and cannot wait for more in the future. One last thing I am proud of is this wonderful cast and the hard work they have all put into make this show as fantastic as it is.

What is one fact or fun thing or special/hidden talent that we don’t know about you?
If I could eat one thing for the rest of my life and survive I would eat chocolate cookie dough anything. I love chocolate cookie dough ice cream, chocolate chip cookies, and more. One more thing, secretly… I’m Tinkerbell 😉

Don’t miss your chance to see Rebecca Carteris in Sweet Charity May 5-29, at the historic Hillbarn Theatre in Foster City. Tickets available at  hillbarntheatre.org

 

 

By | 2016-04-25T10:44:50+00:00 April 25th, 2016|Meet The Cast, Shows, Sweet Charity|