Ragtime is coming to ZACH’s new Topfer Theatre and running through November 18th. We spoke to Kia Fulton, who is playing Sarah, one of the lead characters in the show.
Q: How long have you been working with Zach Theatre?
A: I have been with Zach for almost 10 years now. My first show with them was the super fun,1960s girl group musical, “Beehive” in 2003!
Q: What was the last musical you performed in, how did that compare to Ragtime?
A: The last musical I performed in was RENT. And Ragtime and RENT in so many aspects are worlds away, however, the beauty and gift of these two musicals, and what we are able to do as performance artist, is to show you [the audience] the missing link or the break in the chain of where we as a society may have fallen short in our compassion and concern for one another, and also to awaken thoughts of how to embrace the New Music in/of the evolution around us.
Q: What drew you to this part in Ragtime?
A: For Sarah: it’s her sincerity, her pure spirit and her honor; these are the qualities that make her powerful and courageous. She is a beam of light toward all that I hope to be. Sarah is one who fights the good fight, and not on religion necessarily but on her own belief and faith in humanity.
Q: What’s your favorite part about the theatre community in Austin?
A: I have to say that my favorite part of the Austin theatre community is their support; I can always feel it.
Q: What’s your favorite part of the new Zach Theatre?
A: I am absolutely awestruck by the architecture of the entire building; the house [audience] view is breathtaking and the acoustics are just sensational.
Q: Audience members will see the differences in the lobby and the theatre of course but how does backstage compare- are the dressing rooms a lot more impressive?
A: Yes, the dressing rooms are definitely impressive! I mean from the light booth; to the stage manager’s station; to the green room, yes we now have a green room- with a kitchen; the Topfer Theatre is truly impressive and yet, it still feels like home.
Q: Do you have a favorite costume/dance/song in the show?
A: Ooooh, that’s a tough one, there are so many that are so good. I love “Gettin’ Ready Rag” and I wish I could be in it, LOL! But I think “A Shtetl Iz Amereke” is on of my all-time favorites because the music and the lyrics and the anticipation: oh, that song is just beautiful!
Q: Do you have a personal favorite musical? If you were going to NYC tomorrow and could get tickets to anything on Broadway, what would you want to see?
A: Actually, I am very fortunate because Ragtime is one of my favorite musicals; and well (dramatic pause) “Little Shop of Horrors” is mostly #1 on that list of favorites. But if I were going to NYC tomorrow and could get tickets to see anything on Broadway, I would want to see, “The Lion King,” it gives me chills just thinking about it.
WHEN: October 26 – November 18, 2012
Show times are Wednesday-Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm
The new full bar opens one hour before showtime and remains open one hour post-show
ZACH’s New Topfer Theatre
202 South Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78704
Tickets start at $35 and can be ordered by calling 512-476-0541 ext. 1 or online here.