Soul Sister: Actress Michelle Aravena
Nothing is worse than going to see one of your favorite musical/movie revivals and the actors aren't up to par. Well, this is not the case with Drury Lane's latest production of Bye Bye Birdie, the sweet story that takes audiences back to 1959 in quiet Sweet Apple, Ohio, where rock star Conrad Birdie shakes things up (read: makes every boyfriend very jealous!) when he arrives to give one lucky teenage girl a special goodbye kiss before heading off to join the army.
If you know and love the movie like we do, then you can't forget the character of Rose Alvarez (Dick Van Dyke's main squeeze in the film) who tries to pull off the publicity stunt with Birdie while competing for the heart of Albert—who is constantly dealing with a guilt trip from his "mama." Michelle Aravena plays the role of Alvarez flawlessly and is undoubtedly responsible for much of the vibrancy in this production. The spunky actress shares with us how she unwinds when she's not busy learning lines, singing, or dancing her tuchus off. Bye Bye Birdie runs until March 13 Drury Lane.
How she unwinds:
"The unwinding process can vary depending on the emotional and physical aspects of the show. What I need to do for myself, let's say for West Side Story, would be slightly different than for Bye Bye Birdie. Birdie is such a fun show and ends on such a happy note that I mostly just want to come home and watch funny, quirky TV for an hour. My binge show of choice right now is Mozart in the Jungle. If you haven't watched, it's a must! So, in a nutshell the unwinding process for me is coming home, cuddling with my two Boston terriers, having some of my favorite snack (Skinny Pop), and watching some great television. I'm a simple girl, I guess."
"My new mantra this year is to just have fun! Sometimes our job can get very stressful and demanding, both physically and emotionally. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to perform to our fullest eight times a week and to deliver what we consider perfection. I've decided that I am going to continue to grow and perform to my fullest but also remember why I decided to do this in the first place—because it's fun! I have the best job in the world, why not appreciate it to the fullest. Oh, and yoga!"