Rachel Stiber is a fixture in our theatre family! A versatile actress, she has been tasked to bring many different personalities to life. When she's not on stage or working behind the scenes with The Stage Company, Rachel can be found illuminating the minds of young people at Naylor High School. And, as if she didn't already have a lot on her plate, Rachel continues to stun the masses with her skills as an author. If you haven't read her debut novel, Elise's Choice, you can check it out here. We're all still waiting on the sequel, Rachel!
Name: Rachel Stiber
Occupation: English & Drama teacher at Naylor High School
Time with StageCo: About 5 years
First, let's check out her expertise behind the scenes:
Stage Manager: I Hate Hamlet & I'll Be Home for Christmas
Assistant Director: A Seussified Christmas Carol
Her work onstage includes:
It's A Wonderful LIfe- Mrs. Thompson
The Diary of Anne Frank- Miep Gies
Anne of Green Gables- Mrs. Allen
Sure Thing and Other Plays- Betty
The Death and Life of Sneaky Fitch- Mrs. Vale
A Seussified Christmas Carol- Belle and member of Whoville
Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook- Mrs.
(*We'll see her onstage again in March 2019 a police officer in Rehearsal for Murder!)
And now, a brief interview:
Q: What do you enjoy most about being part of Stage Company?
A: I mostly enjoy the camaraderie and the ability to broaden my creative horizons.
Q: Do you have any favorite Stage Company memories?
A: My favorite role was Miep in The Diary of Anne Frank. I feel privileged to have attempted to portray such an amazing woman. However, my favorite productions in which I participated were Sure Thing and Other Plays and A Seussified Christmas Carol.
Q: What are some of the challenges of community theatre?
A: The biggest challenge for me is projecting my voice. I’m a soft-spoken school teacher.
Q: What are some roles or positions you would like to try in the future with the Stage Company? A: I would love to eventually direct an adaptation from classical literature such as Antigone, Jane Eyre, or The Scarlet Letter, or a play of my own creation. However, I would love to perform the role of Lizzie Bennett, and definitely Cinderella or Belle (Beauty and the Beast), before I become too “seasoned” to portray that young of a woman!