In this Performing Arts Q&A session I speak with Michael Baron, the director of Lyric’s Irma Vep.
How do you describe the story of Irma Vep?
With vampires, mummies, werewolves and more, The Mystery of Irma Vep is the perfect show for Halloween. The story revolves around Lord Edgar, a Victorian era egyptologist, and his new wife Lady Enid. Lord Edgar hasn’t quite gotten over the mysterious death of his first wife, Irma Vep.
What’s special about your version of Irma Vep?
It has more musical gags than other versions and having the talented Monte Riegel Wheeler and Jeffrey Meek as the stars makes it extra special. The show is also rarely done in Oklahoma.
Why should one see it?
Audiences should come see The Mystery of Irma Vep because, not only is it the perfect Halloween holiday treat, but it is also a comedy classic where two actors put on tour-de-force performances.
What was the most challenging aspect you had in the production?
Helping the actors nail their accents and lightning fast costume changes were the most challenging aspects.
What advice do you have for directors on plays that have rotating characters played by few actors?
My advice to other directors would be to give yourself enough rehearsal time to get the actors confident in the material and allow extra tech time because you can’t rehearse long hours with only two people–they become exhausted!
What bits did the actors seem enjoy the most?
The scene involving a trip to Egypt is by far the actors’ favorite part of the show.
Anything else you wish to say?
The Mystery of Irma Vep is a must-see this Halloween!