Snapshot - Becca Guilderson

My first interaction with Becca was through my lens. I did photography for Quick as a Wink’s production of Grease, directed by a close friend of mine, and Becca was playing the role of Frenchy. Becca instantly stood out to me because of her ability to make the character come to life. While on stage, she was easily one of the most expressive people in the room and her passion for being on stage certainly showed. Growing up in Sackville, New Brunswick, Becca knew she wanted to pursue a career on stage. She attended Mount Alison University where she focused her studies on opera, she also attended the Musical Theatre Foundation Program at the Neptune Theatre. When I asked her why she became involved with the show Music Man, she told me it was because the cast and crew involved so many people she knew and worked with in the past making the group easy to come back to. When you pair that with her love for the Music Man show itself, it would have been hard for Becca to say no. I tried to explore the reason Becca enjoys being on stage and she revealed to me that being able to explore a different side of your own personality is one of the most rewarding parts of being on stage.

 Justin and Becca Dancing.

Justin and Becca Dancing.

 At Grafton Street Dinner Theatre

At Grafton Street Dinner Theatre

“I love the thought that acting is sharing someone else's story through your own individual lens."

When I asked about a dream role on stage she furrowed her brow. Asking an actor for their dream role is kind of tough because they generally have twenty shows that they wish to be able to do. For the sake of the interview, Becca was able to pick out two she would love to be in, the first being Evita. Playing Eva Perón would be a dream come true. “She’s a brilliant character that overcomes so much adversity and weasels her way to the top. Very unheard of for a woman of the time”. The second dream role is playing Velma Kelly in Chicago. Becca loves the dancing and the singing and the grit of the character.

 Becca as Frenchy in Grease

Becca as Frenchy in Grease

Before she is set to be on stage for Quick as a Wink’s Music Man, Becca needs to appear in the St. Josephs Stage Prophets production of Anne and Gilbert, playing Anne, which opened last night. About one third of the cast of Music Man is also in Anne and Gilbert so make sure to go see them. Becca is incredibly busy being involved with multiple shows and performances. I once spent a night at her home in Dartmouth to do photos for her. After a rehearsal for Music Man, we went to Halifax, where she performed at the Grafton Street Dinner Theatre (a farewell performance), then the next day was a Princess Tea for the Children’s Make a Wish Foundation where she was dressed as Cinderella. Taking all this into consideration, you realize Becca was straddling four different performing engagements, because Becca was also still in rehearsals for Anne and Gilbert at that time. But no matter how much she bends, Becca doesn’t break. She comes to Music Man rehearsals always ready to work and always keen. She pairs well with Justin Brown, the man playing the lead character Harrold Hill in Music Man. To know more about Justin, checkout the Who’s Who article in The Grapevine released yesterday. Becca is a woman who is unapologetically driven to work hard at her craft. I am very happy to have had the chance to interview her and to be able to work with her on stage.