St. Charles’ very own Danielle Floyd makes debut in “Some Enchanted Evening”1
We’re excited to kick off the 2nd Annual Summer Theater Fest in St. Charles with five singers, one baby grand piano, and more than 30 songs as they bring Chicago’s critic-acclaimed and Jeff-Nominated Theo Ubique production of Some Enchanted Evening: The Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein on the Pheasant Run Resort Mainstage now thru July 22, 2012. One of those singers is St. Charles’ very own Danielle Floyd.
Q. Having grown up in St. Charles, you certainly aren’t a stranger to the local theater scene. What is it like to be back in St. Charles, and to be making your Mainstage debut here at Fox Valley Rep with Theo Ubique?
It’s sort of surreal being able to make my debut in my home town, especially with such prestigious companies. I actually saw my first show EVER at the Pheasant Run when I was too small to count; it was “My Fair Lady”. I remember telling myself, even then, that I was going to be up on that stage some day. I can’t believe that I actually am.
Q. Tell us a little about your role in this show?
Each of us are playing roles that sum up the “types” in theatre. I would say that I’m the sultry young character actor who is very eager to work and impress. [You can watch a preview of her performance here!]
Q. At Fox Valley Rep, we try to bring intimate performances to our stage that makes our patrons laugh, reflect and reconnect to moments in their own lives. Do you have a favorite Rodgers & Hammerstein song or musical, or one that makes you reflect on your own memories?
To be honest, I have a favorite song or two from every show. It’s so hard not to be moved by any one piece that this dynamic duo has written. I will say though the song that struck the strongest chord would have to be “Something Wonderful”. To be honest, the first time I heard it in my adult life, it made me tear up. The music and lyrics combined resonate right in my heart and really make it easy to relate to.
Q. Congrats to the Theo Ubique team for recently winning multi-Jeff Awards this past week for their fantastic performances in Chicago. What’s it like being a part of this award-winning cabaret theatre company?
It’s an overwhelming feeling of pride and joy. When I first heard about their wins, I got up out of my chair and bolted around my house yelling, “They won! They won!”. It came as no surprise to me at how well they did though. Everything about Theo Ubique is professional, groundbreaking, and brilliant. I consider myself extremely blessed to be working with the company and people that I am.
I just want to say thank you to everyone who has been a part of this production. I couldn’t have asked for a better process than this one. It is the beginning of a dream come true to work with all these talented and dedicated professionals. Each day I’m not working, I feel as if I’m going through with-drawls. I couldn’t think of a better way to get my foot in the door with Chicago-land theatre.
A St. Charles native, Danielle Floyd is very proud to be making her Fox Valley Rep debut with such a wonderful production. Danielle is currently getting her BFA in Musical Theatre from the Chicago College of Performing Arts. She’s been a part of Elgin Opera and FVYT/CTE for several years. Some roles include: Aldonza (Man of La Mancha) and Fred (Once Upon A Mattress).