- Behind the scenes transformation.
- Secrets of a Showgirl
Karen Burns, a country singer, an attorney or psychologist?
“I’ve always been kind of whimsical,” said Burns. “I have had lots of interests. “Being in theatre has given me stage presence,” she said. “You can’t do what I want to do without confidence. You have to learn to relay what you have to say to the audience through song.
“Oklahoma” is set in a Western Indian Territory just after the turn of the century. The high spirited rivalry between the local cowboys and farmers provides a colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey play out their love story. “The first show I did was MacBeth. She is girly and childish and likes to joke with Curly. She has to fire her ranch hand Jud and deal with his death. Then, Laurey falls in love and gets married.”
“At the beginning, Laurey plays coy with Curly and pretends she didn’t like him which is something all girls do,” said Burns with a laugh. “Sometimes you have to relate what goes on stage to something that has happened to you. That lets you understand the emotions.”
“The play has real circumstances just like real life,” she said. “Nothing in the play is outlandish.”