A Stage West veteran at this point, Sarah Horsman sure knows how to balance acting, singing and dancing.
And now she can add “roller skating on stage” to her resume as Stage West’s latest production The World Goes ’Round: The Songs of Kander and Ebb gets creative on eight wheels.
Horsman kicks the show off with the title song and the cast doesn’t look back as it brings to life the work of the songwriting team of composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb, known for their hits with the popular musicals New York, New York, Chicago and Cabaret, just to name a few.
When it comes to musicals, it’s a great way to showcase the talents of the cast and Horsman is no exception. While some actors may shy away from the challenge of bringing a Broadway production to life on a local stage, Horsman welcomes the test.
“It’s such a pleasure to sing Broadway, because a lot of the revues that happen at Stage West are pop and rock, so it’s really nice to explore Broadway music,” the Toronto actress explains. “I sang a lot of jazz growing up and there are a lot of undertones of jazz and darker music within this show and I love that stuff. It’s been really fun to explore different characters, so that’s also very cool.”
Although Horsman wasn’t familiar with some of the less-known numbers of the production, she was salivating at the chance to perform some of the big numbers.
“Some of the shows that they did have (in the production) are dream roles that you want to play — like Sally Bowles in Cabaret — those are big shows that a lot of people want to get their hands on at some point in their careers.”
As for the roller-skating aspect of the show, well, Horseman says that was a challenge in itself.
“I rollerbladed as a kid — but rollerblading and roller skating are two very different ball games. Luckily, in most of the script my character is meant to fly off stage and all those kinds of things, so I was like, ‘You know what, I can take that in my stride and do that,’ ” she laughs.
“It’s been a really fun experience, like even earning the ukulele for the show. It’s an exciting little showcase of different things people can do in musical theatre.”
Part of the charm that keeps bringing Horsman back to Stage West – this is her fifth show after all – is the opportunity to really showcase different aspects of her skills.
In fact, she will be back on stage next month when Stage West brings The Jersey Boys to life. For the next few weeks she will be learning her new lines in between performing during The World Goes ‘Round run. But she wouldn’t have it any other way.
“Calgary is very much like a second home,” she adds. “It’s an awesome city and I always feel very welcome and very at home while I’m here.”
(Photo of Sarah Horsman courtesy John Watson Photography.)
The World Goes ’Round: The Songs of Kander and Ebb runs until Nov. 11 at Stage West. For tickets and more information please go to stagewestcalgary.com.
Krista Sylvester is a freelance writer (and creator of that’s all she wrote) with a journalism background. She has worked for Metro, CityTV and the now defunct FFWD, and specializes in arts and culture, sports, film and entertainment, social issues and more. When she’s not writing, she can often be found at the poker table or ice rink playing hockey.