Opening night for AIDA is close at hand, and PBTS Bloggers wanted to get to know the infamous love triangle a little better. We sat down with Keri Hicks, Devin Reardon and Sadie La Manna (a fellow PBTS blogger) to get the scoop on these three dynamic characters. Check it out!
1. Tell us a little bit about Aida.
Kerri: In its simplest form, the Nubian princess Aida is captured by the Egyptians and their captain, Radames. Although he is betrothed to the Egyptian Princess Amneris, Aida and Radames fall in love which then causes a series of rocky events.
Sadie: Aida is a story about falling in love, but it is much more than that. It’s truly a story about the many facets of love and how hard it actually is to follow your heart, knowing there might be negative repercussions.
Devin: Also the difference about Aida from other love stories is that it offers a take on this story through the eyes of a strong willed, quick witted, and golden hearted woman. And not only that but it explores the minds of the other characters so well that it weaves a quilt-like story patching together these character's best and worst qualities,
2. In a few words could each of you describe your character and what challenges they face?
Kerri: Aida is every woman. She's a lover, a daughter and a leader to many. This story shows what happens when these hats don't mesh well. In this story we see Aida forced to decide between her past and her future.
Devin: Radames is a warrior. His struggle is to find something worthwhile to believe in. And though he has a fickle mind and starts the story with little awareness of life's more fragile moments, through his love (and disdain) for Aida he discovers what life's true meaning is: fighting for what you love no matter what the cost.
Sadie: Amneris is surprisingly complex. When we first see her interacting with Aida and other Egyptians she comes off as very superficial and carefree. Her main challenge is breaking down that exterior and discovering who she is and what she truly cares about, outside of the fashion and fads.
3. What personally connects you to your character?
Kerri: Aida and I share a sense of responsibility and duty to those around us, sometimes to a fault.
Devin: I've learned so much about myself and my craft during this process, and the same thing happens to Radames. As he follows his heart, he ends up falling down a rabbit hole that bangs and bruises him, but leaves him more mindful as a human being than he ever was before.
Sadie: I too went on a journey of personal growth with my character, Amneris. Things she first thought she cared about weren’t really all that important to her. But discovering how to live and be satisfied with herself was, and that resonates a lot in my personal life.
4. What do you think AIDA will offer to audiences?
Devin: Of course, Elton John's music and the timeless story of Aida create a gut-wrenching production that audiences can bring their entire families to. The amount of love we bring to it as a cast and crew is palpable and can be felt by everyone in the theatre. I don't know if it's magic, but for some reason this show always bewitches audiences and artists alike.
Kerri: Aida is a love story that can relate to anyone. It surrounds three lovers who are in search of more than just a human connection. Their journey of self-discovery pits them in the face of their deepest fears and forces them to become more than what they are
Sadie: Like Kerri said, many if not all of the characters go on a personal journey. Whether it’s discovering new love, having to become a leader, fighting for what you want, or finding out who you are, there is something that every audience member can relate to and say “Yeah, I know what that feels like.” It’s something very rare.
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