Friday artist, Sue LeGate |

Friday artist, Sue LeGate

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What is your career and your current job title? Housekeeper, bookkeeper, wanna-be performer.

Describe in a sentence or two your art. Theater! Mostly as an actress/singer, but I love all the production aspects of any show.

How long have you been working in this discipline? About 12 years.

Why do you do it? I love being part of someone’s recreation. Making an audience laugh, cry, want to throw things … it’s all worth it.

What do you hope to accomplish? Would love to build my own production company, work with kids in theater, write a one-woman show … and see if anybody would come see it!

Do you create your art with an exact message you want the viewer to receive and, if yes, what is that message? I guess to never take life too seriously … there’s so many things we have to pay attention to. The world has a lot of problems right now (like always, I guess) and I think there must be some times we can let it all go, live a little. Or a lot!

Where do you want to be with your art, in terms of part-time versus full-time status, art positions and where your works are seen? I’d love to be able to build a company that could support full-time employment, which is really hard. Nevada County audiences are the best, but I would look forward to taking some shows on the road … Vegas, baby!

What kind of special training did you take? Other than choir in high school, ABSOLUTELY NONE. I just got really lucky to be able to learn under some great directors … especially John Driscoll from Off Broadstreet … and working with the great actors … well, you know, steal from the best!

What’s your favorite part of your endeavors? When someone from the audience comes right up and hugs you and thanks you after the show … maybe someone you’ve never even met … you truly feel really blessed at that moment.

What’s your least favorite part of your endeavors? Some that know me would say the rehearsals. But, actually, that’s hard, because it’s all great … maybe the least favorite would be putting on the makeup and nail polish, which doesn’t thrill me.

How many hours a day, or more appropriate, a week, do you spend on your work? When we’re in rehearsal for a show, maybe 12 hours a week. During production, I guess around 8 hours a week.

Do you consider it hard work and could anyone do it? It can be tiring, physically, but I don’t think anything this fun can be considered hard work … I think anyone who really wants to can get involved in theater … if acting and singing doesn’t work out for you, something else will.

Any other comments you’d like to include? If you want to get involved in something, just do it! Don’t let age (I was 31 when I performed in my first show) or lack of formal training stop you. Jumping into theatre has been an enormous positive path for me and my family.


Sue LeGate is in the musical comedy, “Beyond Karaoke,” presented 8:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 9 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26 at the Off Broadstreet Theatre (305 Commercial St., Nevada City). Admission is $20 Fridays, $22 Saturdays and $18 Sunday. Call 265-8686 or e-mail for more information or for tickets.


To suggest a western Nevada County artist to be spotlighted in this feature, contact Carol Feineman at or 477-4232.

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