This triple threat adds directing to her resume at Town Hall Theatre!
Local award winning actor, Lynda Divito, makes her directing debut with, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, at Town Hall Theatre this season! Opens Dec 1-17, 2016 After a successful acting career in New York and touring Europe as an actor, Lynda Divito rooted herself in the East Bay in the mid 2000’s and quickly established herself as a local artist. For over a decade, Lynda Divito has proven to be a powerhouse, locally based, professional actor on stage in both musicals and plays in the East Bay. In addition to being an actor, she is a Realtor, a resident of Walnut Creek and parent of two school age children.
With two coveted back to back lead roles under belt last season at The Lesher Arts Center, Divito will be competing against herself for Best Female Actor in a Leading Role at the 2017 Shellie Awards event. While earning Shellie Award accolades in not a first for Divito, Town Hall Theatre can claim a first for this well rounded thespian. Divito will be making her Directing debut with Town Hall Theatre’s production of, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever this holiday season.
When asked about directing at Town Hall Divito says, “I love Town Hall theatre and have been a big fan for several years now, it’s everything that a community theatre should be and fosters an amazing feeling of home, family and community. What better show than a Christmas show to really feel that spirit. I love this play and I'm so excited to get to help tell this unconventional Christmas story.”
Lynda is already the recipient of 3 shellie awards, 2 for best actress in a play and one for best supporting actress in a musical. She also has a Bay Area Critics Circle award for best actress in a musical. After directing The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Lynda will star in Center Rep's, Women In Jeopardy, opening in January!
What’s challenging about bringing this script to life?
Its rare to have a Christmas play that is funny, so bringing out the humor while keeping the heart of the show will be our challenge.
How is this production bringing something new to this story?
Its a clever script and I'm hoping that with the ideas that we have we can showcase our amazing cast and all their talents. We've set it in the 80's and we have some fun ideas to enhance the already really funny script! We also have a set of super stars playing our church ladies. In this production these actors will surprise you by standing out with some of their special talents and mega comedy chops! We have enhanced the way they support our story.
What do you do when you’re not doing theatre?
I'm a Mom of two kids and a local realtor. I've been lucky to stay busy as an actor here in our area so between all three things, I feel very satisfied. I love going out with my friends, seeing theatre and being part of our amazing community.
Who do you look up to (as an actor/director/etc.)?
I have had the amazing fortune to work with incredible people, Michael Butler, Timi Near, Robert Barry Fleming, Jenny Perry. I have so many amazing actor friends that it'd be impossible to narrow it down, the Bay Area is teeming with mentors and great talent!
What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage / the curtain goes up?
I always take a good few minutes to deep breathe, really deep breathe, I check my props, I shake out, take a sip of water...oh and did I mention, I deep breathe?
Anything unique about your casting experience so far?
Kids, kids and more kids! We decided to double cast our show with the kids and I'm so excited about our young actors! I feel like we got really lucky and I can't wait for everyone to see the show. I do think its going to be, "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"!!! :)
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Show runs Dec 1-17 with Saturday and Sunday matinees.