Interview: Dawn Elliott is sound effects operator in KCC Theatre’s ‘Sampled Shakespeare’

A stylized KCC Theatre graphic that opens the College's "Sampled Shakespeare" play in the Binda Theatre

*Editor’s note: Below is the third in a series of interviews with the cast and crew of Kellogg Community College Theatre’s “Sampled Shakespeare.” The show, which opened last weekend and shows at 7:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday, includes scenes from the original “Star Wars” movies and “The Big Lebowski” set in Elizabethan English.

Dawn Elliott, a 38-year-old full-time Computer Engineering Technology student from Bellevue, is serving as sound effects operator for KCC Theatre’s current run of “Sampled Shakespeare.”

We caught up with Elliott to ask her about her role in the production.

THE KCC DAILY: Were you familiar with “Star Wars”/“The Big Lebowski”/Shakespeare before this play? What are your impressions of the original works, and how do those impressions influence your work in the current KCC production?

ELLIOTT: I knew of “Star Wars” previously, but had never watched it. (Homework!!) I had never heard of “The Big Lebowski,” and still only have a slight understanding of it. (Need to watch it.) Everyone knows who Shakespeare is even if they have never seen anything done by him.

THE KCC DAILY: Have you done any acting in addition to your sound work?

ELLIOTT: The only acting I have done previously was in last semester’s production of Mich-Mash, where the students wrote and produced their own short skit(s) which were produced/presented in the “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind” style.

THE KCC DAILY: What about this performing in this role are you particularly excited or nervous about?

ELLIOTT: It seems like a lot to get done in a very short time.

THE KCC DAILY: Who or what influences or motivates you in your work?

ELLIOTT: I found that while I love theatre, I am more comfortable and of better use behind the scenes.

THE KCC DAILY: What should people know before seeing this show? What can people do before seeing the show that you feel might enhance their experience?

ELLIOTT: They should know that this is truly something new. It is like nothing else. You should come ready to enjoy, laugh and realize that we are here to have fun and hope that you will join us in that fun.

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