‘A Quick 5′ with Heather Bagnall Scheeler

Heather Bagnall Scheeler

Heather Bagnall Scheeler is currently giving a stunning solo performance in SINGLEMARRIEDGIRL at Capital Fringe. Alright so I am her Stage Manager, but I haven’t steered you readers wrong yet. Recent credits include Hairspray at Toby’s Dinner Theatre and Personals with her own theatre company, Tasty Monster Productions. She recently got engaged to one very smart Brit named Luke Tudball whom you might know from around town as a carpenter and or performer. Come check out Heather in SINGLEMARRIEDGIRL. It’s all about life, love and finding someone. Talented performer and newly engaged. Heather is definitely two for two.

What was your first performing job in the DC area?

I suppose it depends on what you call “area.”  My first professional gig was at the Maryland Renaissance Festival when I was 15 years old.  Up until then I had been doing community and membership theatre companies so when they offered me the contract and told me it was $500 for the season, I started to cry because I couldn’t afford it.  Carolyn, the entertainment director, just laughed and said, “No sweetie, that’s what we’re going to pay you.”  I have loved this area ever since.  Whether it was paying for college working dinner theatre or working at the Smithsonian, nearly every experience has been a joy!

How did you find the source material for SINGLEMARRIEDGIRL ?

I was introduced to singlemarriedgirl.blogspot.com by a friend of mine about two years ago at a time when I was at a pretty major crossroads in my own personal life.  She told me she thought I might gain a little insight into my own life and she was not wrong.  I was so inspired by this quest to find identity and independence by any means necessary that I contacted Laurel Spears, the author, and asked her how she would feel about my turning her quiet little blog into a stage show.  I started writing myself about my own journey through the wilds of dating and divorce and the merging of those stories has given birth to SINGLEMARRIEDGIRL.

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Heather Bagnall Scheeler as Laurel.

Is this your first solo show?

A few years ago I toured with New Moon Children’s Theatre as a solo artist, which was incredibly challenging and extremely rewarding, but the work was not my own.  Like many actors I worked on solo pieces at college but this is my first full-length original solo piece.

Can you please tell us a little about your production company Tasty Monster Productions?

Tasty Monster was the brainchild of two exhausted but hard working actor/directors over a bottle of wine and some serious sleep deprivation.  But two weeks later, we had a name, a brand and the rights to our first show.  Like so many others, Luke and I started talking about what we would do if we had our own production company, and through the course of our conversation, discovered a lot of parallels.  We wanted a company that could produce new and re-envisioned works and within the first two days, we had our first season laid out.  It felt like it was meant to be the way things fell into place and the level of support we experienced with our first show, “Personals,” well, it was clear that we were doing something right.

When people see SINGLEMARRIEDGIRL, what do you want them to come away with afterwards?

I want them to walk away with a smile on their face, with the feeling that nothing is insurmountable and that if you approach life with a sense of humor and an open mind, it is never too late to find happiness.  And I want them to go to the blog and read more….!

About Elliot Lanes

Elliot Lanes has been a professional stage manager/sound designer/board op for over 20 years. After relocating to Washington, DC from the New York City area and marrying the girl of his dreams Jennifer Perry, he has been privileged to work on productions at Theatre J, Synetic, Prince George's Community College and Studio Theater to name a few. He has contributed designs for many shows in the last three Capital Fringe Festivals, two of which garnered critical raves. He is also the creator of MD Theatre Guide's highly successful 'A Quick 5' column.