The idea for my show started 6 years ago after I attended a voice workshop, when one of the coaches told me that I would be good at doing cabaret; I never thought of doing that. At the time, I was working on presenting a solo recital, and decided to turn my recital into a cabaret show. I ran the idea by my voice teacher first, and she said, “You need a script”. So I thought, who could write a script for me? “Well, since I’ve written over 60 speeches doing Toastmasters, maybe I can write my own script.”
The script is based on the love journey of someone who is special and dear to me, and includes friends’ experiences as well my own. It took me two years to complete this script.
The story is about chasing after a dream. Lola’s character is chasing after her dream to be loved. We all want to be loved, I feel anyone can relate to that. And we all have something that we are chasing after in this world. Whether it’s climbing the corporate ladder, being a great teacher, being independent, or improving family relationships.
What have you been learning about yourself?
I learned how much I really do enjoy people. Although I have a level of shyness, I love talking with people and I love listening to people’s stories. This has also taught me that I really have a strong desire to encourage people, as well as how much I truly love this craft.
If you won a Tony for this show, who would you thank?
I would thank God who guides my life, my mom for life examples and wisdom, my husband for always encouraging me and standing with me. My pianist/coach for helping me grow as an artist. My voice teacher for believing I could reach way beyond what I saw and having a vision for me. I would thank family, friends, co-workers, my Pastor and church members for their encouragement. And the crew who run the Fringe Festival – you guys are the greatest. You make being part of the Fringe Festival a great experience.
When the performance is over, what do you want the audience feeling or thinking about?
I want them to leave with a sense of excitement and enjoyment. I want them to be encouraged to find or live their own dreams. And if their dream is finding love, I want them to know that, it isn’t a weakness. Lastly, if love can lift Lola, then Love can lift them too!
Beverly Merella currently works full time as a Department Coordinator for a biotech company in Rockville, MD. Her artistic journey has been singing with various choirs and acted and sang in a play for 7 years called The Last Prayer Service. She has done recitals and NATS competitions. She currently sings on the Praise Team and with the Choir at her local church, as well as being part of the drama ministry.
Beverly Merella performing Lola’s song at Busboys & Poets cabaret, 2016.