1) What’s your name and where do you come from?
Michaela Bennison from Kent.
2) Who do you play?
3) What were your first impressions of the project?
That it’s vary ambitious.
4) What has been the highlight of the project so far?
Working with such a diverse cast. We’ve all come from different personal and professional backgrounds, which makes the rehearsal room mite creative and exciting.
5) What’s the most challenging part of the process?
For me it’s been working with the text, and trying to find the truth in the 18th Century language.
6) What are you most looking forward to in the remainder of the project?
Doing the show in front of an audience. Audiences are like an extra character and their reaction immediately changes your performance.
7) Who is your biggest inspiration?
I love Audra McDonald. She has such an honesty and truth when she performs, as well as having an amazing voice.
8) What is your favourite musical of all time?
Ragtime. I first learnt about the show when I was 14 and my singing teacher gave me “Your Daddy’s Son” to learn. I love the story and the songs are both beautiful and dramatic. Whenever I listen to the cast recording I feel so happy about life.
9) If you could play any role in a musical, (other than the one you are playing in The Beggar’s Opera) what would it be and why?
Well, Sarah from Ragtime’s top of the list! Other than that, Esmarelda form Hunchback of Notre Dame would be pretty cool.
10) The Beggar’s Opera is all about chancers and opportunity, a ‘Live-for-today’ kind of attitude, if you could give one piece of advice to your younger self or to anyone else what would it be?
Don’t worry about what other people think. You’re allowed to be you and being you is good enough.