2014 Best Specialty Ensemble in a Play Nominee Interview: The Weird Sisters in imaginary beasts' "Rumpelstiltskin, Or All That Glitters"

Photo by Molly Kimmerling

Photo by Molly Kimmerling

Before we announce the winners of the 2014 ArtsImpulse Theatre Awards, we are proud to present our Nominee Interviews.  

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Something Weird this way comes.  In Winter 2014, Boston experienced the creepy and hilarious talents of three Weird Sisters, Lady Honor, Lady Glory and Lady Marmalade in the imaginary beasts' Winter Panto, Rumpelstiltskin, Or All That Glitters. Not only did they charm us with their one-liners, but they brought fierce diva dance moves to the stage in a show-stopping rendition of Goldfinger. In their Interview, Amy, Molly, and Mikey show us how weird these sisters three can be, including their love for hairspray and gold lame dresses, their inspiration from girl groups and the three fates, and how Boston can improve (hint: it's not through magic). 

Hi, Lady Honor, Lady Glory, and Lady Marmalade, can you introduce yourself to our ArtsImpulse readers?  Who are you, what is your performing history and experience, and what brings you to Boston and the stage?

Hi Everyone! Lady Honor, Lady Glory and Lady Marmalade here. Sorceresses by day and fringe actors by night loving our lives and feeling our fantasy. We have known each other for so many years via various avenues and alleyways (Hogwarts, caves of wonders, stirring pots, those whacky imaginary beasts, etc). But ladies never tell their age, darling. We came to Boston to cast a spell on the community and bewitch reviewers such as yourself, Mr. Balduzzi! We mean, really, who doesn’t like to see hairy Italians in dresses? So, here we flew to and here we shall stay.

Who were the Weird Sisters?  How did they fit into the 2014 Winter Panto? 

We are THE epitome of strange; a trio of benevolent agents who enlisted the audience to help fight for the good right and true! And defeat Rumpelstiltskin.

By the way, what is a panto?  How does imaginary beast do them?

A Panto, by definition, is a traditional fairy tale complete with songs, dances, jokes, exaggerated characters and lots of audience participation. However, a Panto is really the most fun any actor will have on stage. EVER!

How do we do them? With lots of patience, love, care, and laughter. Side-splitting cackling, dare we say.

What is the process for creating this particular Winter Panto?  How much creativity did you have in the process?  What were the biggest challenges?

We start with a scenario and improvise scenes with different combinations of people. Based on our improv, Matthew [Woods] writes the script and finishes by opening night or sometimes the 3rd weekend.  The ensemble has A TON of creative license in the process, and the biggest challenge is always not making it a five hour show.

What makes a Winter Panto more or less successful than others?  How have they changed over the years?

Sometimes, the cultural references that we include are really fun depending on the year. For example “What Does the Fox Say?” was a huge hit, but it definitely would not translate in next year’s Panto. They change over the years based on the audience familiarity with Panto.

What have been some of your favorite imaginary beast productions?  Favorite Boston theatre productions?

Photo by Lara Woolfson / Studio Nouveau

Photo by Lara Woolfson / Studio Nouveau

Pantos, of course. Humpty Dumpty was the first show the three of us did together and we instantly bonded over our weirdness (and love of Lady Glory’s photographic skills). We abandoned our powers for 4 weeks to play other roles. We are versatile, you know.

We're big fans of ALL Boston fringe/theater! If you are putting yourself out there to the masses, we’re a fan of yours. Truly.

What is one thing that you wish that the Boston theatre scene would change in the next year?  In the next five years?

Space, space, and more space!

What or who makes you laugh?

Each other, of course, as well as the liveliness and adventures back stage at the Panto, specifically the goody side.

What was your inspiration for the Weird Sisters?  What were some of your more iconic parts of these roles?  How much did you improvise each night?

Photo by Bruce DiLoreto

Photo by Bruce DiLoreto

Girl groups, the three fates, drunken (Bandit wine sipping) Macbeth witches, our love for gold, etc.  Goldfinger was Shirley Bassey’s iconic James Bond song, so the movements in the video were incorporated in our rousing, titillating number.

Oh Jeez! Every night was different due to the audience reactions so we just played off of them. Especially the children. They are a trip.

If you were stuck on a desert island, what are three things that you would want with you?  What is one thing that you would not with you?

Photo by Brian McConkey Photography

Photo by Brian McConkey Photography

Gold lame dresses, crystal ball, crutches and hair spray (oops, that’s four! Witches aren’t confined to mortal numbering).

And we do NOT want to bring any baddies. *snaps*

Do you have any upcoming projects or productions?

Lady Honor and Lady Glory have Menagerie with imaginary beasts, and Lady Marmalade is stage managing Dying City with Happy Medium Theatre as well as preparing for her role as Emory in Boys in the Band with Zeitgeist Stage Company.

Do you have anything else to share with our ArtsImpulse readers?