‘Island’ showcases Dillon’s summer stock
DILLON – Although it’s a musical, Mountain Summer Stock performer Erica Honeycutt enjoys the complexity of her character, Ti Moune, in “Once on this Island.””The character I’m playing is like no other. It seems like the world we’re living in today is so cynical, people don’t believe in real love and there’s more selfish than selfless,” she said. “My character is incredibly selfless and cares about people a lot.”In the Lake Dillon Theatre play which opened last weekend, the gods want to find out which is more powerful: love or death. And they manipulate a situation in which Ti Moune must play out. Set to a live band onstage, the actors infuse a great deal of energy into the hour-or-so-long performance.”It’s so different out here,” Honeycutt said. “One of our inside jokes is to blame everything on the altitude.”Honeycutt is a junior at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro studying theater and dance.
She was hired, as were most of the other Mountain Summer Stock performers, by Lake Dillon Theater artistic director Chris Alleman at the Southeastern Theatre Conference this year in Orlando. The conference invites 800 students from colleges mostly across the South to audition for professional companies.It was Honeycutt’s first time auditioning at the SETC, but she’s been performing since the age of 10. She’s recently had roles in “Hello Dolly,” “Beauty and the Beast” and an UNCG performance of “Urinetown.”This season with the Lake Dillon Theatre Honeycutt also plays the roles of June in “Gypsy” and Fern in “Charlotte’s Webb.” And with her background in dance, she is choreographer for the Young People’s Theatre production of “Honk! the Musical.”In the future, Honeycutt said she wants to “do the whole New York thing.”
“I think every actor should try it. I won’t be heartbroken if I don’t end up on Broadway, but I’m going to try to make a career of acting,” she said. “Once on This Island” plays Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at the Lake Dillon Theatre through Aug. 13.Vail, Colorado