Spotlight ‘Chicago’: Ember Tate

Gabrielle Jackson

NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. -The opening of Chicago at Niagara University(NU) has passed, but the anticipation has not died down. While the show highlights the story of several women accused of homicides during the 1920’s, it commands the attention of the audience with it’s story arch and risqué visuals. Ember Tate, a supporting lead in the show, decided to sit down for a Q&A with the Niagara Wire to discuss the inner workings of the show.

Q: How did you garner interest in Theatre and what do you like about it at NU?

A: “I had a teacher that told me I wouldn’t be good at it when I was younger so, I did it to prove her wrong.” She pauses with a smug look. “However, what I love about theatre here is that you learn different aspects of theatre. You learn how to act, sing, and dance. You build costumes, build sets and you don’t get to be one-faced.”

Ember has been an actress for several of the shows at Niagara University including CyranA, Afflicted: Daughters of Salem, Drowsy Chaperone, and Macbeth: Insurgency. Just to name a few at school. This does not include her shows outside of Niagara University.

Ember Tate (Photo By: Andrew Emmons)

Q: What was the basis behind wanting to do Chicago?

A: “Steve Braddock is the Artistic Director, so he picks along with the rest of the department, the season and then from there they look at what they have and who can do what. They see who can do the ensemble, and I guess they decided they had the pieces for it. The show is currently on Broadway so we couldn’t do the show at first but John Kander, the guy who actually did the music for the show, got the rights for us.”

Q: What’s your role and how has rehearsals been going?

A: “I play Matron ‘Mama’ Morton in Chicago. It’s really nice because there are three different people teaching. Steve [Braddock] is really good at collaborating people and letting them do their own thing. Everything has acting in it and it is really nice because everybody was good at challenging you.”

Steve Braddock is also the Director of the musical, and he was helped by Natalie Slipko with choreography, as well as Bridgette Moriarty with Music.

Photo By: Andrew Emmons

Q: How are you feeling about it?

A: “April 18th, 2018….Wednesday, I’m feeling really good…I think we all have been ready for [several] weeks now for an audience, so it’s going to be nice for the full audience to see.”

Q: Any juicy details you can give us about the show?

A: “Well, it’s gonna be fun and if you didn’t get a ticket, you’ve missed out on a great show. It’s a lot of energy and everyone worked really hard and everybody [a part of it] deserves the success that it’ll get.”

The show opened on April 19th, however the dates for this weekend run from April 26th to April 29th.

Featured Image By: Andrew Emmons

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