MEET THE CAST:
Today, we shine the spotlight on Tracy Chiappone, who plays the role of Rona Lisa Perretti in our upcoming production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee!
Tracy Chiappone is originally from Lafayette, California and graduated with a music degree from the University of Southern California and spent several years in Los Angeles singing classical music. She returned to the Bay Area and began a six year run with Steve Silver’s ‘Beach Blanket Babylon’ playing such characters as Barbara Streisand, Linda Tripp and Martha Stewart. Since leaving BBB, Tracy has performed in several different venues in and around the Bay Area. A highlight of her music career was attending the Ravinia Music Festival, understudying the legendary Patti LuPone in a piece by local opera composer Jake Heggie.
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1. You play the role of the Rona Lisa Perretti, what, if anything, do you have in common with your character? We’re both Italian and are good spellers. 🙂
2. What made you audition for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee?
I wanted to sing “The I Love You” song.
3. Have you worked with Hillbarn Theatre before? If so, what show(s)? Many times. Grand Hotel, Big, Spamalot, Funny Girl, Forum and I vocal directed “White Christmas” and will be vocal directing “Sweet Charity”
4. What do you think the audience will be discussing on their way home after seeing The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee?
How indirectly nasty the show is.
5. When did you discover your love for the theatre?
I used to watch the Donny and Marie show on TV and would think, “I can do that”.
6. What is your favorite and most memorable role you ever played? Why?
Madame Thenardier in Les Miserables. She was just a barrel of fun to play.
7. What is your dream role?
Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd.
8. If you could pick one actor/actress to perform with on Broadway, who would it be?
Julie Andrews. Would have loved to have sung with her.
9. What is one thing you are incredibly proud of?
My friends and family. They’re good peeps.
10. What is one fact or fun thing that we don’t know about you?
I collect dolls and have a very large collection of Madame Alexander dolls.
Don’t miss your chance to see Tracy Chiappone in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee January 21 – Feb 7th, at the historic Hillbarn Theatre in Foster City. Tickets available at hillbarntheatre.org