Member Spotlight: Molly Field
A person of many talents—including nothing-but-net three-pointers—East Palo Alto resident Molly Field has been a solo SHN Member for one year and takes selfies at every performance she attends in recreation of each show poster. Find out more about Molly, below.
What are your top five favorite Broadway shows?
1. The Sound of Music
2. Singing in the Rain
3. Les Misérables
5. West Side Story
What was the first Broadway show you saw? Do you remember any details about your experience?
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat—I saw it with my family when I was little. We bought the soundtrack CD after the show, and I was so obsessed with the music that I made my family listen to it the whole car ride home.
Which character in a musical or play do you most identify with and why?
Maria in The Sound of Music. I so long to do the right thing, but it’s not always clear what that is. And I sometimes get in trouble for singing too much.
Have you ever performed on stage?
In 4th grade, I was one of the two lead Frogs in The Rumpus in the Rainforest. I mainly remember having to hop and squat a lot—very uncomfortable choreography.
What does theater and/or Broadway mean to you?
Theater is catharsis. It helps me experience emotions that I don’t make space to process amidst the busyness of Bay Area life. I often find that a writer, choreographer, or actor can express my emotions in ways I never could have articulated. This makes me feel not so alone in what I’m feeling, and for me, it’s quite healing.
Do you have any hidden talents?
I’m no Steph Curry, but I’m a pretty good three-point shooter.
If you could have dinner with one person (living or dead), who would it be and why?
My dad. He died a couple of years ago. He loved music and live performances, so when I’m at shows, I find myself thinking, “Man, he would have LOVED that I go to all these shows now!”
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An ice skater! I was obsessed with Tara Lapinski and Michelle Kwon in the 1998 Olympics.
Is there anything else that we (and other Broadway fans) should know about you?
Because I go to shows alone (yes, I am a baller), I take selfies at every performance, usually imitating the show poster. Then I compile them at the end of the year. Now that I’m typing it out, it looks cooler than it sounds… Anyway, it’s always a fun game to see how many attempts it takes to get the perfect picture. When I can get it on the first try, it’s quite the thrill.
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