Now, I know this is a role that wouldn't really ring a bell with most people. During my senior year of high school, I was the Vice President of the Drama Club (I know, I know, I was super cool and popular because of this). The best part of holding this position was that I got to help pick the plays for the year. I spent my summer balancing work for my honors classes (yes, I'm making myself sound even cooler) with reading play after play and trying to decide what our Drama Club should do. The four officers finally landed on Appointment with Death because it was mysterious, intriguing and really hilarious.
I knew all along that I wanted to play Lady Westholme. The character was dry, sarcastic and funny, and she was also British, which just made her seem so much more exotic to me. Playing this role was definitely a highlight not just of my time in high school theater but of my entire theater career.
And, come on -- I got to wear that awesome trench dress, put my hair in 1920s-inspired curls and drink wine on stage. What could be better?)