An Interview with Jennifer Coren, playing Helena in Met by Moonlight

Jennifer Coren Jennifer Coren

Q: Where are you from?

I live in Riverwoods, IL. 

Q: How did you hear about The Music Theatre Company? What made you audition for the Young Artists’ Program?

I heard about the Music Theatre Company when I went to see Merrily We Roll Along. I then auditioned for the Young Artists’ Program when Hannah Dawe, my choreographer for The Drowsy Chaperone at Deerfield High School, encouraged a few of us to come check out the show she would be directing over the summer. I am so happy I did because this is my first time being in a production of a new work, as well as performing at TMTC. I am ecstatic to be a part of such a talented group.

Q: What is your process of developing a character? How do you begin?

I love to build my characters from the ground up. I start with basic questions, “what do I want?” objectives, tactics, etc. I want to make Helena in our piece real and relatable. I am exploring different ways of portraying her to give her that depth. 

Q: What do you hope to gain from YAP? What experiences are you most looking forward to?

I hope to gain an amazing family (which we have already started) but also a new and challenging experience. I love that this production is directed and written by people who have just graduated from college. They have so many creative ideas and my mind is just blown by how incredibly talented they are. Between Hannah and Patrick [Sulken, composer and lyricist of Met by Moonlight], they are really taking everything to an elevated level. The music is beautiful, and I feel really challenged with all of the harmonies, which excites me. The language and vocabulary in the script are written in a poetic manner, which I have never had the pleasure of memorizing before. I have never done a Shakespearean or Shakespeare-inspired show, and I feel I am being challenged with the text and I love that. 

Q: What do you want audiences to take away from the production?

When audiences leave our production, I want them to feel like they have just connected with each one of us on a deeper level. I want them to feel that their story was just told on stage, or there was a story that they could somehow relate to, portraying their love for someone. That is what life is all about: love. When they walk away I want them to feel like we understand that everyone goes through the same pains, wants, heartbreaks, and butterflies just as they do. I also want them to be able to laugh at themselves, because sometimes we do not realize how ridiculous we are when we take life too seriously.

Q: What song is currently your summer anthem?

My summer anthem….hmm…that is a hard one. I am a big country girl so in the summer I love listening to The Dixie Chicks! I also love the song “American Girl” by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. That is such a summer song! 

Q: What is your favorite food on a hot summer day?

On a hot summer day, I love drinking ice-cold lemonade with lots of lemons! 🙂

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