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Whether it’s comedy or drama, Benjamin Holmes is the performer for your show. His many theatre credits include: “Villian: DeBlanks,” “The Pillowman,” “The Athlete, Princess, Pirate, Fairy, Welder, Deep-Sea Diver Club,” “Anonymous, Unknown, and Grimm,” “Bartholomew Fair, NJ,” “A Christmas Carol,” “All in the Timing,” and “Urinetown.” Most recently, Benjamin was seen in “10 Reasons I Won’t Go Home With You” written by fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Kelly Nichols, directed by fellow participant Billy Mitchell and included songs by fellow participant Bobby Cronin, one of seven contributing composer/lyricists (click here for my review). This fall Benjamin can be seen in the Attic, Jr series at the Attic Ensemble in New Jersey (which was also written, directed, and produced by Billy).

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Well, this will sound a little conceited, but here’s the story: Sophomore year in high school, I went to see the school production of Guys and Dolls. The police inspector (the character’s name escapes me at the moment) was played by this kid named Dan S. Now, Dan didn’t forget his lines or screw up his blocking or anything at all–he was just so incredibly wooden onstage that all I could think as I watched was, I could do that so much better. So I auditioned for the play the next fall, got in, and I’ve been doing it ever since. So thanks, Dan.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? There are so many people I haven’t worked with that it’s hard to narrow it down to one. Since I am the worst theatre person ever and pay so little attention to what’s going on in the theatre world, I guess I’ll just go with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He’s incredible in Brick and Mysterious Skin, and, really, everything else he’s in. (Well, the jury’s still out about G.I. Joe.)

3. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? Um…hmm, I’m usually pretty open with my strange and unusual talents. I guess I’m a pretty fair juggler. I can play the ukulele passably. And I can flex a muscle in my palm that I shouldn’t be able to voluntarily flex. So there’s that.

4. Do you have any rituals you have to do before a performance? How do you decompress after a show? Not at all. The most I’ll do is go over my lines, but even then it’ll usually only be monologues or long speeches or the like. I’ve never been someone who likes to do any warm-up exercises or anything; they always tended to wear me out instead of pump me up. I prefer to just plunge in. And as for decompressing afterward, again, there isn’t much I’ll do. I just kind of like getting out of the theatre as quickly as possible. It’s really nice to see people outside after the show and talk to them a little, but I’m actually quite shy when I don’t know someone, so if none of my friends are there, I’ll just try to fade into the background or leave.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? My dad told me before I went to college never to let anyone pressure me into doing something I didn’t want to do. That’s been pretty helpful.

6. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Probably my sister. She passed away five years ago; it’d be nice to see her again.

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? Skiing, absolutely. Second favorite is soccer. Or, really, running around kicking a ball, since I really only play with one or two of my friends.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Boxers.

9. Favorite website? Um…probably the Onion A.V. Club. Such a snarky hipster I am.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Green Lantern. Or maybe The Flash.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite ride at an amusement park? I’ll ride pretty much everything, so it’s hard to pick just one. I used to like riding the Zipper at the fair in the town where I grew up, even though you really took your life into your own hands when you rode that thing. Various nuts and bolts flew off of it all the time. Fond memories…

12. Books or Magazines? Books. Every time.

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Kelly Nichols is rising performer who crosses many genres. She’s an actress, singer, and stand-up comedian. Kelly has delighted audiences in “Into The Woods” (The Theatre Company in Hoboken, NJ), “Prince Trevor Amongst the Elephants” (Cross-Eyed Bear Productions/Midtown International Theatre Festival), “keepingabreast” (Ratutu Collaborative), and “The Clearing” (The Phoenix Players). For her role in “Prince Trevor Amongst the Elephants,” Kelly was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play and cast won the Midtown Festival’s award for Outstanding Overall Production of a New Comedy Play. As a member of the Wildlife Theatre based at the Central Park Zoo, Kelly uses her talents as a performer to entertain children all over the tri-state area. Additionally, she is a performing company member with the Attic, Jr. Children’s Theatre Series in collaboration with The Attic Ensemble, created, written, directed, and produced by fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Billy Mitchell.  Kelly just finished a successful run in the 2010 Midtown International Theatre Festival writing and starring in “10 Reasons I Won’t Go Home With You,” which was directed by Billy Mitchell and included songs by fellow participant Bobby Cronin, one of seven contributing composer/lyricists (click here for my review). Kelly’s gearing up for her next move, stay tuned to “Adaumbelle’s Quest” to find out what it will be!

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Hmmm….that’s tough. I can’t say that any person really inspired me. I have ALWAYS been a ham and have loved being the center of attention. I would say if there was a person who’s always been there rooting for me, it would be my sister. She sang with me when we performed ABBA concerts on my parents’ fireplace. She always laughed at my jokes, so I figured I should keep going.

2. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? The highest note I can sing is probably an A or so above middle C. The lowest is probably an F or an E almost 2 octaves below middle C.

3. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? There are SO MANY people I would love to perform with, but I would have to say since I saw [title of show] I would love to work with Susan Blackwell. She’s hilarious. Maybe we could play sisters. That would be fun.

4. Do you have any rituals that you have to do before a performance? How do you decompress after a show? When I’m in a musical, I steam my throat two times a day for about 20 minutes a session. It just feels good. I drink a lot of warm water and warm up my singing voice and my speaking voice. I also do this weird thing to get into character backstage before the show starts. I would tell you, but then I’d have to kill you…just kidding. The long and short of it is letting go of me and sucking up my character. I decompress by watching just one show on T.V. before I go to bed. If I am lucky and it’s still on my DVR, it’s “So You Think You Can Dance.” It’s ridiculously entertaining to me and helps me to wind down a lot. I also read…This show I’ve been soaking my feet in the bathtub a lot because it’s SO HOT this summer and that helps me cool down before bed.

5. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? If I could dream about anyone while I sleep it would be Eric the Vampire from True Blood. Wait, is my husband going to read this?Then my answer is my husband. Of COURSE I would only want to dream about my husband. Actually, if I could have the whole dream thing happen for me 3 times it would be my husband, Eric the Vampire and my Grandmother, because I’d like to talk with her about why she was the way she was.

6. What’s the best advice someone ever gave you? The best advice someone ever gave me was “Let go.” Simple, effective advice. It’s pretty hard to do for me, but I’ve been working on it for a while. I think I’m getting better. The second was “Grow like a tree,” that was pretty recent, but is surprisingly always applicable for me.

7. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? Well, I tend to be pretty vocal about my strange and unusual talents, so many people know what they are, but I would say, what generally slips by people is that I can read upside down. I also have some kind of an inner compass and very very rarely get lost.

8. Books or Magazines? I love books. Not magazines so much. They go by too quickly. My husband loves to tell people about my book buying habits. I generally buy or check out at least 10 books. I can finish reading them in less than a month. I’m a voracious reader. I love so many books that it’s probably easier to tell you some of my favorite authors. I love Alice Hoffman, Charlaine Harris, Jodi Picoult, Carol Goodman…Oh I LOVE BOOKS!!! If I do read a magazine, it’s usually People because I can do the crossword in it in a matter of minutes and it makes me feel super smart.

9. Favorite website? Favorite website at the moment (besides yours??? 😉 ) I love baking websites: thepioneerwoman.com, Bakerella.com, cakewrecks.com. Love love love them!

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman. Is there any question? She has a golden lasso. 🙂

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Favorite skin care product? Ocean Salt Exfoliating Scrub. Mmmmm.

12. Favorite store to shop in? LUSH (bath and body products…I could be in that store FOREVER!!!)

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