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Lodians take Stockton stage in 'I Remember Mama'

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Posted: Saturday, June 26, 2010 12:00 am

Carlie Buchanan and Rachel Timosh are two Lodians who love acting.

They've acted both locally and at community theater in Sacramento, and now they are cast members of the Richard Rodgers' musical, "I Remember Mama," now playing at Stockton Civic Theatre. Buchanan, 12, is a student at Benjamin Holt College Preparatorial College, while Timosh, 36, is a mother, wife and full-time medical assistant. They each talk about their new play and life off the stage.

Q: What is the play about?

Buchanan: It's basically a play based on Kathryn Forbes' book, "Mama's Bank Account." It's set in the early 1900s. It's about a Norwegian family who settles in San Francisco. They have a hard time paying the bills, so Papa goes back to Norway to work. The oldest daughter, Katherine, is a writer who writes about (their new) life. … She gets $500, and that brings the family out of their financial struggles.

Q: What are your roles in "I Remember Mama?"

Timosh: I'm playing the part of ensemble and the part of the nurse.

Buchanan: I play Christine. She's the brat of the family. She's 12.

Q: Why is Christine bratty?

Buchanan: She says mean things to her family members and bugs (them) a lot.

Q: How long have you both been acting?

Buchanan: Since I was 7.

Timosh: I've been performing since I was really young. I'm 36 now. I graduated from University of the Pacific in 2005 with a bachelors in vocal performance.

Q: What other productions have you been in?

Buchanan: Most of the plays (I've done) have been in Sacramento, but I've done four children's theater production and two mainstage productions, "Meet Me in St. Louis" and "The Sound of Music." When I was really little I did two plays at St. Peter's Community Theater in Lodi. This is the first experience I've had at the Stockton Civic Theater. I love the director, Jim Coleman; he's a really good director. Elain Saculla, the stage manager, has helped me a lot.

Timosh: I mostly sing opera. I did all the shows at UOP between 2001 and 2005: the witch in "Hansel and Gretel," Swangelica in "Swangelica." I did a lot of stuff with community theater in Sacramento for a number of years. I've done a lot of performing locally.

I'll be playing a part in "South Pacific" being performed at Hutchins Street Square in September.

Q: What are you plans for the future?

Buchanan: I want to study music and stay in musicals. I want to be a music teacher.

Timosh: I'm a mom and have kids. When they get older, (I'd like to explore other areas across the country). I like to stay local right now.

Q: When you're not performing, how do you two spend your time?

Buchanan: I love to sing and play the piano and guitar. I also do sports. I'm on a competitive soccer team called California Cougars. I do Lodi Track and Field and I compete in hurdles, high jump and running events.

"I remember Mama" at a glance

When: Today through July 18, show times vary.

Where: Stockton Civic Theatre, 2312 Rose Marie Lane in Stockton.

Information: 473-2424, www.sctlivetheatre.org.

Timosh: I have a family and a full-time job as a medical assistant, but I like to knit and I like to read. I do a lot of reading, it's my escape. I'm really into the Charlaine Harris books. I enjoy spending time with my family and my kids. It's hard though when you work 40 hours.

Q: What's your dream role?

Buchanan: I really want to play in "Les Miserables." I want to play the role of the older Cosette or Christine in "Phantom of the Opera."

Q: Who would like "I Remember Mama?"

Buchanan: I think it's a good play for that everyone in the family will enjoy. There is humor, sad parts and a really good ending. The music and dance numbers are really fun to watch. … It's a family show. It's really gentle and has a really great loving feeling. We're doing it with a small chamber orchestra, which is really nice. It's great to see community get together and put something like this together.

Q: What are your favorite movies, TV shows or actors?

Buchanan: My favorite movie is probably "The Blindside" because it's sad in some parts, but it's really inspiring to other people.

Timosh: I really like the movie, "Avatar." I thought it was a really beautiful movie. I like Stephen Moyer, who plays Bill Compton in "True Blood."

Contact Lodi Living Editor Lauren Nelson at laurenn@lodinews.com.

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