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Star Bar Spotlight: Leah Jenkins

May, 2012:   Talented, beautiful Leah is relatively new to the Springs theatre scene, but she's already made an impression in several productions including Theatre'dArt's The Show Trial and UCCS Theatre's The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents. She's lighting up Star Bar's stage as the doomed Desdemona in Othello this June.

How long have you been doing theatre?  I now have been subjecting my family members and captive innocent bystanders to my theatrical antics for 29 years.

What was your first role? My first role ever was playing one of the princesses in an elementary school production of The Twelve Dancing Princesses. I'm not sure that's an actual play. I was seven years old.

What was your most difficult role? This one. Not only is this my first Shakespeare, but I'm never cast as pretty, innocent heroines.

What was your most rewarding role? Finding my inner clown. Her name is Martha. Martha is a geriatric mega-nuisance resembling a hybrid of Carol Burnett and Maxine (of the cartoon strip) with cerebral palsy. I'm not sure how the hell she got in there, but she fully embodies the moxie I hope to maintain in the evening of my life.

Worst onstage mishap: Ah, costumes. I was in a community production of The Wizard of Oz , and during one performance pulled the tail off of the Cowardly Lion. I proceeded to wear the detached appendage as a scarf for the rest of the scene.

Most Terrifying Moment: I was at a NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) competition in Albuquerque, NM. This was during a time in my life when I was fiercely vulnerable, and I was more nervous than I have ever been during any performance in my entire life. I got up to sing, and was more focused on not vomiting on the stage than my song. Everything that went wrong did, of course, and I left the stage crying. Gross.

Funniest performance anecdote: Once, I lost my sense of humor.

Theatrical High point: I saw Mark Rylance in Jerusalem at the Apollo Theater in London last January, and I still am at a loss for words to describe how profoundly his performance affected me. LIFE: ALTERED.

You as a performer in three words: "Barbra Streisand Wannabe"

What do you want the audience to know about the current show? We've been rehearsing since February.

Tell us three things about you that have nothing to do with theatre:

My five year plan involves moving to Peru and working on a farm. . . after I fake my own death.

I used to figure skate competitively, and quit when I broke my back.

I have never been attacked by a dog.

What's your Actor's Nightmare? Working with John Ridge, because he's a bigger diva than I am.