Meet Natalie …

Natalie Willingham
“My favorite part about this show is the heart. On the surface it seems light and funny, but to actors this story is very true and hits home to a lot of us. I know when I’m feeling blue I can pull out my favorite records (or Spotify playlists) and imagine them just as the man in chair does and feel a little bit better about the world.” — Natalie
Q: What made you audition for “The Drowsy Chaperone”?

A: My senior year of high school we did The Drowsy Chaperone and I actually was cast as Janet! I auditioned again this year so that I could revisit a show I absolutely fell in love with.

Q: It’s early in the process. But, what’s that process been like so far?

A: The process is fun! Since we have only dealt with music so far I’m excited to start dancing and staging tonight!

Q: Will you tell us about your character?

A. I’m playing Janet van de Graaff. She has been a star show girl for years but is giving away her fame to get married.

Q: If you could be in any musical, what would it be?

A: f I could be in any musical right now, I would really love to be in something like Violet. It’s a show with tons of beautiful music, but the character of Violet is so grounded and strong. I love shows that have acting centric woman. But if I could be in any show ever, I can’t wait until I’m old enough to play Mama Rose in Gypsy. In my opinion, Rose is one of the best female roles ever written in musical theatre.

Q: What’s next for you after “The Drowsy Chaperone”?

A: I actually don’t have any shows lined up for after Drowsy! Since I have been involved in the past two Collin productions (Playing Heidi in The Heidi Chronicles and assistant directing STIFF), I will probably be catching up on my sleep and watching some Netflix to be quite honest!

Q: What’s something very few people know about you?

A: I play piano! I don’t play as much as I used to but I took lessons from a very young age and I absolutely love it!

You can see Natalie and the rest of the cast of The Drowsy Chaperone at Collin College, February 25 — March 6.

Click here for tickets!

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