A Maine native, Christie Robinson most recently earned her Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Florida in April 2017.
She also holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maine at Farmington and a Certificate of Performance from The Circle in the Square Musical Theatre Intensive in NYC.
We caught up with Christie over email to see what she’s most excited for this summer in Medora and why she decided to return to Medora for her second season!
1. So Christie, why did you decide to come back to Medora?
I came back to Medora because it’s a chance to perform full-time all summer long in the BEAUTIFUL Badlands.
I am challenged vocally and physically, and working with such talented folks helps me grow as a singer – to me there is always something to learn, one is never “good enough.” The people are great – you meet people from all over the world, from all walks of life.
For many audience members, this is their first live-theater experience. For others, seeing the Medora Musical is a tradition that has gone on for over 50 years, and I’m proud to be a part of the legacy.
2. What are some of the shows you’ve done before the Medora Musical?
I have been a professional, regional performer and teaching artist for 12 years.
I’ve directed and choreographed nearly 40 productions for youth and adults, and have been a performer in too many to count! If I had to pick a handful, some of my favorite roles include: Columbia (The Rocky Horror Show), Pickles (The Great American Trailer Park Musical), Sherrie (Rock of Ages), Angela (Honky Tonk Angels), Ensemble (Sweeney Todd), Missy Miller (The Marvelous Wonderettes), and of course, a Burning Hills Singer in the Medora Musical!
3. What would you like the audience to know about what it’s like performing in the Medora Musical?
That although we look like we are up there having the time of our lives every night (which we are), there are a lot of things the audience does not see.
For example, we are working tightly together as a team throughout the entire performance. There are many intricate details that go beyond singing and dancing. Without being there for each other, communicating, and creating a safe space to “play,” we can’t make the show as much fun as we do.
4. What’s a favorite “Medora” story of yours?
One funny memory that pops up immediately is last summer (2017) during the “old west” section of the show.
We came out singing “Working on a Building,” using tools (paint brushes, hammers, saws, etc) and working together to build a church on stage. At the end of the song, one of the cast conducted us through an a cappella phrase with a paintbrush.
He was waving it around and the next thing we knew, the brush of the paintbrush came flying off into the ether! One by one, we all started laughing hysterically and could barely make it through the end of the song. There was no hiding it because it was a cappella and we were singing live.
There were over 2,000 people in the audience that night, and they sure got an extra treat. I hope they found it as funny as we did! The beauty of live productions! (I’m still laughing about it as I write this!)