As tech rehearsals began, Joel Markowitz sat down with husband and wife team, Director Melissa Baughman and actor and Landless Theatre Company’s Producing Artistic Director Andrew Baughman to talk about their outrageous production of the Off-Broadway musical hit Walmartopia.
Why did they choose this crazy show? Are they Walmart shoppers? How do you move a cast of 11 around the tiny DC Arts Center’s performing space, and squeeze in a 4-piece band? And, how will the cast perform choreographer Karissa Swanigan’s energetic and high-kicking choreography without hurting each other?
Local actresses Robin Rouse, who plays Vicki, and Janine Gulisano-Sunday, who plays Smiley Face, Jamie and Counselor James, talk about their first-time experiences being with the Landless crew, their roles, their local theatre experiences, and name their favorite song from the show.