Sunday, July 6, 2014

Personal Log: Sarah Shay (The Redshirts)

credit: Lou D'Aprile

In addition to the vocal and percussive skills you'll see in the show, Sarah plays ukulele and writes songs that are usually nerdy and sometimes sad. She also plays washboard in the folk punk band The Mongrel Jews with her brother Aaron, who is Chief Musical Officer for the show. When not making music, she vlogs and writes short fiction.


What do you think of Outdoor Trek so far, and what are you looking forward to about the upcoming production?
I was in the second Hello Earth production, so I'm totally thrilled to be back. I can't wait to see what kind of musical shenanigans we can come up with for this new script!

What cool things do you do in your life outside of Outdoor Trek?
I play in The Mongrel Jews with my brother Aaron, and also play solo ukulele. I post videos of my solo songs along with vlogs on my YouTube channel, and I'm working on a collection of short fiction. I also spend a lot of time watching TV shows with my cat.

What history do you have with theatrical productions?
I was very involved in theater through middle and high school, but gave it up to focus on writing in college. Although I haven't acted since school (not counting my one line in "This Side of Paradise"), I still love the theater, and attend local productions as often as I can.

What history do you have with Star Trek?
I grew up watching The Next Generation every week with my family. Wil Wheaton was my first celebrity crush, and together my family watched TNG and most of DS9 and Voyager. Although I'd seen a few of the movies, it wasn't until I did my first Hello Earth show that I actually watched an episode of the original series!

What excites you about the future of mankind?
I'm looking forward to a computer really properly passing the Turing Test. None of this "convincing a third of the judges that it's a 13-year-old boy for five minutes" nonsense.

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