Now in the Sunset Spotlight: One of Milwaukee’s favorite actresses, Liz Norton will be playing the enchanting, boisterous matchmaker Dolly Levi in our summer musical: HELLO, DOLLY!
- When did you first become involved at Sunset Playhouse and what areas have you been involved with here at the Playhouse?
After moving to Wisconsin from Illinois in 2001, Sunset Playhouse (John Cramer, Director) cast me in OF THEE I SING in 2003. This was my first show since 1988. (My busy ‘mom-schedule’ kept me away from performing in the 90s while I raised my four boys.) In 2011 I played Miss Hannigan in Sunset’s production of ANNIE. Needless to say, Sunset holds a very special place in my heart.
If you are working on a Sunset show right now, what is your role?
Thrilled to be cast in the upcoming production of HELLO DOLLY as Dolly Levi.
- If an actor, what has been your favorite role to date and what is your dream role?
Trying to name a favorite is difficult because I have loved all the roles I have played for very different reasons. They each have taught me something about myself, and have challenged me in different ways. If I had to choose one role that taught me the most about my capacity to perform, it would have to be another Jerry Herman role, the role of Mame. She challenged me vocally, expressively, and in stamina. She helped me to become more confident, to prove to myself I could conquer the work, and she taught me how to have more fun on stage. (I’m already sensing that Dolly Levi might do the same! Thank you, Jerry Herman!)
What do you enjoy most about the Sunset?
Sunset Playhouse has a strong history, a rich culture of a community working together to offer quality performance art. The long-standing commitment of its leadership, Board, and volunteers is impressive. The last few years have seen great growth, not only on the main stage but also the Side Note Cabaret productions. It provides opportunities for individuals to learn, to challenge, and to grow. As an artist, as a human being, there is nothing better.
- When not at Sunset, how do you spend your time?
My kids are grown and self-sufficient. (When did that happen?) Learning has now become my favorite past time, looking for performance opportunities, learning new roles, learning new music, these activities fill my days and nights.
What is your favorite color/food/movie/TV show/book/musical or play?
Favorite musical is RAGTIME
Favorite TV series: The Crown (Netflix)
What is your favorite quote?
Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong. ~Ella Fitzgerald
Head Shot – Cilento Photography