Winona native Siobhan Bremer is performing on stage at the Guthrie Theater through September 3. Pictured with actor Peter Michael Goetz, Bremer said that moment in the play is one of her favorites. “He is a Broadway performer and veteran at the Guthrie, so it is wonderful to be working with him and Raye Birk,” she said.
When Siobhan Bremer was a little girl, she and her sisters would travel to the Guthrie Theater every year for A Christmas Carol, soaking up the wonder of the most celebrated stage in the state. Her mother, well-known theater director Vivian Fusillo, also cast her daughters in the Winona State University children’s shows (“so she didn’t have to find a baby-sitter!” says Bremer), and theater became one of Bremer’s life passions.
It was in those early visits to the Guthrie that Bremer began to dream, to dream of standing tall on the Guthrie Wurtele Thrust Stage shoulder-to-shoulder with the biggest talents and the brightest stars. Her dream has come true, as she has been cast in the role of Stage Manager (a part in the production, not behind the curtain) in The Sunshine Boys, on stage now through September 3.
“Appearing on the Guthrie Thrust Stage has always been a dream of mine,” said Bremer, who received her undergraduate degree in theater and speech with a secondary education teaching certificate from Winona State University and now teaches theater at the University of Minnesota Morris. “It is a really good cast and everyone is so kind at the Guthrie. I love the professional atmosphere and all the attention to detail.”
The play is about two vaudeville comedians who call themselves “Lewis and Clark.” While they have performed comedy together on stage for years, the two have grown to hate one another, and when CBS wants the two to reunite for a TV special, Bremer’s role as a TV stage executive includes keeping the two from fighting.
“I love how much I get to interact with everyone on stage. I get to bring Dudley Riggs on and off stage, which is quite an honor. Probably my favorite moment is when we are all running around and I am center stage trying to stop the two guys from killing each other,” said Bremer. “Because I get to scream at one point, I got to work with D’arcy Smith, the Guthrie vocal coach.”
Playing a stage manager isn’t a stretch; Bremer has directed productions at the University of Minnesota Morris; the Barn Theatre in Willmar; Northern Lights Playhouse in northern Wisconsin, Winona State University and in many other regional theaters. When she returns to Morris, Bremer said the experience will give her lots to share with her students.
“I will have a great deal to bring back to UMM and to share at any university, for that matter,” she said. “I am learning a great deal about the professional business, and the many areas at the Guthrie. They have money and lots of talent on every level. We have several past students working at the Guthrie, so that is always fun to boast about.”
While theater is special no matter what stage it is cast upon, Bremer said there is something magical about the Guthrie. “I am so proud and excited to be a part of this show,” she said.
To find out more about the production, visit www.guthrietheater.org.