By 2014 Summer Tour cast member Charlotte Martell Andrews:
Grassroots is not your typical theatre-going experience—and that’s why I love it. Between our expectation of audience interaction and constantly shattering the fourth wall, each show is as individual as its audience. You never know when someone is going to shout “Just kiss her!” at Orlando or when a kid will run up and sit beside you at the edge of the stage. As an actor, it’s really exciting to be able to experience new moments in the show each night.
I feel like we’re able to develop a relationship with each of the audiences we perform for. I love seeing individuals in the audience and making personal connections with them. Whether I’m cautioning a couple in the front that “the oath of a lover is no stronger than the word of a tapster” or arguing with another character and treating the audience as the jury, I love how involved the audience is in the course of the show.
Having a vocal audience cheering, booing, and “aww”ing makes it easy to gage how clearly we’re telling our story. There’s a beautiful give and take relationship when actors and an audience are both fully invested in a performance. Oh my gosh, I’m so excited for our next show.
Aside from the audience, the cast is my favorite part of performing with GSC. (What did you expect? Theatre is all about people)! The casts of As You Like It and Henry V have been some of the most supportive and encouraging people I’ve ever worked with.
With GSC’s “no director” approach to their productions, we actors are constantly critiquing and making suggestions—but always with an attitude of “you’re doing great and we know there is even more awesome in you—show us!” And I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so much during the rehearsal process.
Grassroots Shakespeare is kind of my life right now, and it is awesome. Join us!
About Charlotte Martell Andrews:
Charlotte is delighted to be performing with the Grassroots Shakespeare Company for the first time. She is a senior at BYU majoring in psychology. She has recently participated in several short student films and stage productions. Her hobbies include participating in Nanowrimo, drawing, contemporary dance, and making yogurt and sushi (separately).