Meet the Artist: Alexandra Berryman

Who are you?  What year are you?  What are your interests?
My name is Alexandra Berryman, and I am a sophomore this year. Theater has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember; from musical numbers to monologues, I love it all. I also have a passion for singing, songwriting, and poetry, and can often be found at local open mics.

What exactly do you do for She Kills Monsters?
I play Kaliope/Kelly in She Kills Monsters. Kelly is a girl with cerebral palsy whose D&D character is a levelheaded and intelligent elven warrior. She fights classic D&D monsters alongside Tillius, Lilith, and Orcus.

What brought you to join the cast, crew, pit for She Kills Monsters??
She Kills Monsters is my first Homestead production, and I’m so excited to be a part of it. The drama club was an obvious choice for me, and from there I signed up to audition for She Kills Monsters. The audition process was so exciting, though somewhat strange because we were communicating via Zoom call. I’m so glad I auditioned for this show and was selected to join this amazingly talented cast!

Do you have any stories from rehearsals, practices or crew sessions?
One of my favorite rehearsal memories was choreographing the Tiamat fight. We sat on the stage and thought about what the final fight represented, as well as how it related to each of the characters. Every piece of choreography was intentional and stayed true to our interpretation of what the story means. Together we created a meaningful sequence that chronicles Agnes’ struggle with the loss of her sister.

She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes discovering who she is by discovering who her sister was.  It’s about love and life, friendship, LGBTQ stories, and grief.  How have you connected to this story?  How will the audience connect to this story?
Anyone who has ever lost someone dear to them will relate to this story. Though filled to the brim with action and humor, the story is one of immense grief. Agnes, after losing her sister, attempts to get to know her in a way she feels she never could. 

What is it like putting on a show in the time of COVID? How is it different?  How is it the same?  Other thoughts?
The cast and crew are always trying our best to take the necessary precautions in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We do our own makeup and hair, pur on our own microphones, and sanitize weapons and props between uses. There are only a few times on stage when characters must be close to each other, and offstage we must always remain 6 feet apart. It certainly complicates the process to a certain extent, but we’ve found ways to make this show the best it can possibly be despite the challenges.

What’s one thing that is different in this play or rehearsal process than anything else we’ve done in the Homestead Theatre Department?
She Kills Monsters is my very first Homestead production, and it’s so different from anything I’ve ever done before. I have made so many friends within the cast and crew, and there’s an overall sense of community within the theater department. The environment is very professional and welcoming, and I look forward to rehearsal every day. It is really wonderful to be a part of, and I can’t wait to be a part of Homestead productions in the future.

Tune in of Facebook to watch our live productions this weekend!

Friday October 23 at 7pm
Saturday October 24 at 7pm
Sunday October 25 at 1pm

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