Queen of the Day
By Megan O’Connor
Brelby Theatre Company is all about positivity and building up our artists and we are especially dedicated to promoting our female artists and as such we have Brelby Artists nominate one new woman every month for us to treat like royalty. The power of women as actors, designers, writers, directors, creators, and people in general cannot be overstated! We at the Brelby Buzz are so excited to have our former reigning Queen, Aubrea Robards interview a brand new Queen for the New Year! Voted by our community of Brelby Artists, Kim See has been chosen to reign supreme today! Kim is a collaborative artist at Brelby preparing to debut her costume design for the upcoming Studio Series show, Blacklisters, and has been seen on the Brelby stage, most recently, in Macbeth and The Oz Chronicles. Aubrea and Kim sat down and chatted about Kim’s design background, favorite Brelby memories, and of course, her ever changing hair. Read on for more fun from two of our most colorful artists!
Aubrea Robards: Congratulations Kim!! I was not surprised at all to find out that you were crowned Queen at Brelby. May I just first say that I am obsessed with your hair. It is not an exaggeration when I say I am always anticipating what fantastic new color it will be when I get to see you next. As much as I adore/covet your mood-ring like locks, I love watching you on stage even more. I’ve seen you portray quite a few different roles in which your characteristics seem to completely change to fit each character.
So my first question for you would be what do you do to prepare for a role? Do you have any particular methods that help you nail your transformation into your character so well?
Kim See: Hooray! I certainly was taken aback by my nomination, and thank you for that hair compliment! Nymphadora Tonks was kind of my idol, and honestly who wouldn’t want to be her?
It’s certainly a challenge for me, as I’ve been told I’m naturally a strong character myself. So in order for me to neutralize myself to embody these characters I portray, it’s vital I embody them. Certain less apparent words and small mannerisms are usually triggers for me to slip into character. I’ve noticed the smaller things are what help drive my character forward believably instead of relying on obvious, big choices. Oh, and I honestly think about what music they hate. Music can reveal a lot about a person, especially music they don’t like. So I make an anti playlist to help prepare for the character.
Aubrea: That’s interesting! You obviously have a deep love of theater. When did you first start acting?
Kim: Back in high school was really where I developed my legs for the stage, along with being in Speech and Debate. It gave me a chance to explore who I was a person, and I loved playing with makeup and behind the scenes stuff starting my junior year. Though I honestly was always a performer, doing dance, gymnastics, and other workshops since I was little.
Aubrea: When and what first brought you to Brelby? What is it that keeps bringing you back to audition for Brelby?
Kim: My dear friend, Melody Chrispen, finally got me around to auditions and then brought me in to help with hair and makeup for Beyond Musketeers: Utopia Lost! back in the summer of 2015. It was right around my birthday, actually, and truly turned out to be one of the best gifts ever. Brelby helped me to break out of some darker points in my life, including finally getting away from a seriously toxic relationship. So many friends and lovely people, including my boyfriend, have come from this theatre. I can’t even begin to express how thankful I am for that opportunity. Because of this, this will continue to be a place I will avidly support.
Aubrea: Do you audition at other theaters in the valley?
Kim: As of right now, I haven’t, as I’ve been trying to balance a new move and my work as an art teacher. My students keep me on my toes!
Aubrea: What is your favorite Brelby memory – hilarious and heart wrenching (if you’re willing to share)?
Kim: My heart wrenching would have to be from my first acting role after a 5 year hiatus. I was cast as Jeanette in the Christmas show, Nonfat Soy Peppermint Mocha Latte … with Sprinkles: A Tale of Christmas Spirit, Christmas normally isn’t my time of year. I’ve usually worked late, wouldn’t see all my relatives for one reason or another, or it would have some other feeling of an overworked time of year for me. This cast and production team changed that entirely for me. We all bonded and laughed and created such an honest show together, it’s now one of my favorite times of the year.
The funniest is hard to pick… between being an improv member and shenanigans happening during The Oz Chronicles, oh lord. A lot of hilarity ensued.
Aubrea: What is your dream role and do you have a show you’ve been apart of in the past that you would do over and over?
Kim: Yes! I have always wanted to be a witch in Macbeth. Shakespeare is near and dear to me, especially Mac Daddy and Titus Andronicus. So this past October was a dream come true, working with Gerald and performing outside for the city. Plus that makeup was fierce as hell; thanks Jessie.
Aubrea: I have only ever seen you on stage, but you mentioned working on makeup before. Have you held any tech positions in the past and do you have a favorite area of production to work in (i.e. Lighting or Hair/Make-up Design)?
Kim: I’ve dabbled in that world, being a crew member, assistant stage manager, board op, makeup design, and now taking on a double costume/hair and makeup design role with Blacklisters. Makeup and hair is my favorite, as I was a professional makeup artist for several years before teaching. Costuming is a challenge but also another joy for me. I’ve designed fabrics before, and was assistant costumer but never had the reins all to myself. It’s kind of awesome.
Aubrea: Are there any shows at Brelby – or another theater – this season that you are excited to audition for or be apart of?
Kim: Well, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is another dream production for me, and I’d love to cash in my Puck card… time will tell if that will happen, but I am always excited to see the new works Brelby puts on.
Aubrea: Well dear I am so thankful that I got to do this interview with you! You are such a fun, shining presence and I’m honored to be apart of your reign as Queen for the Day. LONG LIVE KIM!
All hail our new Queen of the Day! Get your tickets to Blacklisters to see Kim’s costume design, opening February 17th, and tickets to see Aubrea in the upcoming Main Stage musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, opening March 10th. Don’t forget artists…be sure to keep an eye on the Brelby Facebook group for your chance to vote for the next Queen of the Day. #womenofbrelby #qotd