Lodi’s Changing Faces Theater Company opened its annual show at Jessie’s Grove Winery this week. “Treasure Island” is playing today and July 19 through 21.
Sara Tubbs is one of the actors, who plays the role of crazy Belle Gun. Tubbs studied theater, but took seven years off from acting to start a family. This is her first time back, and she’s loving it.
Q: Tell me a little about the show, and who your character is.
A: It’s a new adaptation of the classic “Treasure Island” story. My character is a crazy lady, who has been stranded on the island for nine years and all she wants is some cheese. She’ll do anything for cheese. She has this huge musical montage about cheese. It’s really fun.
Q: It sounds like you get to sing a lot. Is singing something you enjoy?
A: Yes, I get to sing during the whole musical montage. I got my Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theater at Cal State Fullerton.
This is my first show after a seven-year break ... to have three little ones: My son Parker, who is 5, my daughter Taylor, who is 3, and my son Cooper, who is one.
My husband is Brent Tubbs (comedian and improvisation actor). He wrote all of the music for the show and composed it. He’s been helping a lot.
Q: What does your character get to wear on stage?
A: She’s been stranded for nine years, so not much. There’s a burlap sack and crazy hair.
Q: It sounds like there are some funny scenes in this show. Did you guys give “Treasure Island” a more comedic twist?
A: There is a lot of comedy in this, and a lot of funny moments. There’s a Chinese pirate, and she’s hilarious. There’s lots of dancing and sword fighting. It’s a farcical play, for sure.
Q: How have you managed juggling taking care of three young children and show rehearsals?
A: Oh my gosh, it’s been crazy. I work from home, too, for an online school. It’s a struggle, but my husband is extremely supportive. He does a lot ... he puts the kids to bed when I’m not there. This is finally my chance to get back into (theater). He has not complained one time.
Q: Is being on stage different this time around?
A: It is. At first, I was really nervous getting up there. Now, I feel like I have more life experience. I can just get up there and let it all out and not really care. Some of the insecurities are not there that were there when I was young. I think Brent has helped me be more funny.
This role is very out of my comfort zone.
Q: What shows did you do in the past?
A: The last one was “A Weird Romance.” I did “Chorus Line,” and played Maggie. I was in “Footloose” and “The Sound of Music.” I’ve done “Book of Days” and “After the Fall.”
I used to do parades at Disneyland when I was a student. I was Sleepy or Bashful in the electric parade, and I was in the Block Party Bash.
Q: Did you have to do training to prepare for a singing role, or did you find your voice naturally?
A: I haven’t done any voice classes. The directors kind of helped me. Singing lullabies for the kids was (practice over the years).
Q: Will you continue to be involved in theater after “Treasure Island?”
A: Definitely! This was like my comeback. I’m definitely going to keep going for sure. I can’t see taking another seven-year break after this.
Q: Why should people go out and see “Treasure Island?”
A: Because it’s so much fun. Everybody would just have a great time.
Q: What do your children think of their mom being in a play?
A: They’re so excited to come and see it. They always say, “Oh, are you going to go practice for your show?” My daughter says, “Mommy, are you going to go to practice tonight?” I’ll say, “Yes, I’m going to sing and dance,” and she’ll say, “I sing and dance.” She’s like a mini-me. She’s going to be a performer.
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