Get to know Stephen Turner

Ebenezer Scrooge – Stephen Turner

Name:  Stephen Charles Turner

DOB: December 2nd, 1976
Hometown: Colorado Springs
Education: Bachelor’s of Musical Theatre, University of Northern Colorado
Day Job:  Slumlord, and I mostly work at Candlelight Dinner Playhouse

Holiday Tradition:  Dining at a Chinese restaurant on Christmas Eve

Off-Time: I’m an avid board gamer. I play tons of games and am always learning more. I also design games. Check out My Big Break, the hilarious cutthroat board game that follows musical theater actors as they audition their way to success!
Season:  Autumn.  I love the colors, and it is neither too hot nor too cold.
Movie: Mary Poppins
Musical:  Into the Woods, but Sunday in the Park With George is climbing my chart. So is Hamilton
Color: Green
Animal:  I love zebras!
Book:  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.  This is the only book I ever threw across a room in frustration!
Band:  The Beatles
Song: Whatever is stuck in my head at the time…
Beverage: Glenlivet 15, with a splash of water

Past, Present, or Future? Present
Cats or Dogs?  Dogs
Beer or Wine?  Scotch
Sweet of Sour?  Sweet
Mild or Spicy?  Mild
Coffee or Tea? Tea
Piercings or Tattoos?  Neither, but I prefer tattoos
FroYo or Ice Cream?  Ice cream is the nectar of the gods
City or Country?  City
Coke or Pepsi? Both
Netflix or Hulu? Netflix
Early Bird or Night Owl? Night Owl

When life hands you lemons? Lemon tree, very pretty, and the lemon flower is sweet, but the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat.  

Who do you admire most? I admire a local actor named Wayne Kennedy.  He’s an amazing performer, and so impressive to watch as a parent as well.  
What is your biggest fear? I fear boredom and drudgery, this is probably why avoid ever getting a real job.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Probably doing exactly the same thing I am now, and living in the exact same place.  
What is one thing on your “bucket” list? Bungee jumping for realsies.  
What is the most rewarding advice you’ve received? Only you can make you happy.  
Can we follow you? FB? Twitter? Instagram? Not really.  Sorry.  As self-deluded as I am, I don’t need to start having ‘fans’ to make my solipsism worse.  
Why see A Christmas Carol? I think everybody needs a reminder that Scrooge is in all of us, and that from time to time we need to realize how we can be better people than we are.  

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Get to know Lisa Young

Lisa Young  as Motormouth Maybelle in HAIRSPRAY

Lisa Young as Motormouth Maybelle

Name:   Lisa Young  
DOB:  August 17 (LEO)
Hometown:  Baton Rouge, Louisiana (lived in Colorado for 36 years, now resides in Parker)
Education: Southern University at Baton Rouge and Southern University at New Orleans
Day Job:  Group Sales Manager at Candlelight Dinner Playhouse Johnstown, CO

Season:  Fall
Movie:  Color Purple
Musical:  Hamilton, Caroline or Change (currently), Memphis, Color Purple, & HAIRSPRAY of COURSE!
Color:  Purple, Pink, Gold
Animal:  Otter or Elephants
Book: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Band:   Scott Bradlee’s Post Modern Jukebox, Gregory Porter, Anthony Hamilton, 
Song:  Alabaster Box by CeCe Winans… Or almost anything by Tamela Mann, India Arie, Cassandra Wilson, Beyoncé & Adele
Sport: Football
Beverage:  La Croix Coconut flavored Sparkling Water
Pastime:  Reading, singing and making people laugh.

Dogs or cats? DOGGIES
Beer or Mixed Drinks?  Mixed VODKA Drinks!!
Cake or Pie? Neither Cookies or Brownies
Sweet or Sour?  Sweet
Coke or Pepsi? NO YUCK!
Spicy or Mild? Spicy  
Coffee or Tea?  Depends on my mood (Self-proclaimed TEA SNOB)
Boxers or Briefs?  On me? Boxers on hubby? Briefs
Piercings or Tattoos? Neither ow!
City or Country?  COUNTRY
Netflix or Hulu?  Depends on what I’m binge watching mostly Netflix

It takes two to…?  Build a friendship, or make a baby
You can’t stop the…?  World from spinning or Lisa from WINNING! (the beat)
You are stranded on a deserted island, what two items do you bring?  Solar Powered Kindle and wifi for a library digital books (stuffed in a ziploc bag…) Nothing Practical… 
When life hands you lemons?  Juice them and lighten your hair (BLONDE!)
Who is your hero? Mostly Iconic Black Women… Maya Angelou, Eartha Kitt, Winnie Mandela, Lillas White, India Arie, Pam Grier, Oprah, Nina Simone, Queen Latifah, Maxine Waters, Shirley Chisolm, Ntozake Shange, Lynn Nottage, Lorraine Hansberry, Pearl Cleage, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells, Ava Duvernay, Shonda Rhimes, Josephine Baker… Njeri Jackson, my teacher RIP,  Shirley Broadnax, my god mother RIP,  My grandmothers RIP, Emma Carter Gice and Sarah Smith my mom, Ida Gice Smith and mother-in-law Flora Young.
What’s your biggest fear?  Living a bland life and having regrets…
What inspires you?  My family and people who persevere!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?  On stage nationally/internationally, directing and running a successful diverse theatre for  all people and loving every minute of my life with my “Bear” Mike.
Can we follow you? FB? Twitter? Instagram?  Yes!  
Twitter: @LisaActress
IG: @bpantheress
FB: @Actress Lisa Young 
Why see HAIRSPRAY ?  The music, the dancing and singing!  But overall the story… the simple tale of loving each other no matter the size, shape, color or ANYTHING!  We can achieve harmony when we learn to appreciate each other in our similarities and differences. 
HAIRSPRAY is set in 1962 Baltimore Maryland, what can this story teach us today?  The optimism that Tracy Turnblad and the Coolest and Nicest kids achieved is still far from being a reality.  It is sad that the same fears, phobias and misaligned stereotypes that kept our country apart 55 ago, are still alive all these years later.  But I remain hopeful that if we continue to tell these stories and create this art then we will continue to strive for harmony, and unity with each other.  It amazes me that after all the sit-ins, marches, protests, and voices crying out for change, how far we are from the dream of the civil rights Era in America.  Now, Baltimore is still in an uproar (i.e. Freddie Gray) and the entire country is embroiled in turmoil and strife on every level.  Maybe we can learn from seeing how we haven’t come as far as we thought.