POE Cast Interviews: Josie Wiegandt

Next up in our POE interview series is Josie Wiegandt. You might recognize her as Jack’s Mom from “Into the Woods, Jr.” this summer. For POE she has taken a turn at design, putting together the costumes for our steampunk-inspired, gothic tale.

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MMT: How old are you?

Josie: 17

MMT: In what part of Roanoke Valley do you live?

Josie: Botetourt County

MMT: And what school do you go to?

Josie: Lord Botetort High School

MMT: As a designer, you get to put your touch on every part of the show. What’s your favorite poem or story in the show?

Josie: “Annabelle Lee” – it’s so somber but also so beautiful.

MMT: What’s your favorite part about working behind the scenes?

Josie: It’s been really rewarding seeing my vision recognized, and the whole show come together.

MMT: Did you know much about Poe before being in this show? What’s something you’ve learned about him or his writing since starting rehearsals or doing your designs?

Josie: I knew a little about Poe, but had only read one story, “The Tell-Tale Heart.” But now I know that Poe was way ahead of his time. The stories are outrageous, but reveal a certain truth about the human nature.

MMT: How long have you been doing shows/classes at MMT?

Josie: Forever! I’ve been a part of the community for eight years.

MMT: And we will certainly miss you around here when you head off to college next fall. I sure hope we can find some more projects before you between now and then. Thanks for taking the time for the show, and to tell us about it!

POE opened today at 1 PM! This weekend we also have shows at 3 PM today, and 7 PM on Monday night! We hope to see you there!

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