Meet our friend Yvette Lawrence Bishop (aka Yvette Lawrence). She's a true triple-threat best known for her role as Belle in the Los Angeles run of "Disney's Beauty and the Beast." In this episode, Yvette talks about her big break in the star-studded cast of the ill-fated Broadway musical "Nick & Nora," and how that led to roles on soap operas and in other major musical theatre productions. She talks about meeting her true love (that's right, this "Belle" married her "Gaston") and how family life led to her new passion as a theatre educator.
Yvette also shares stories of onstage mishaps, brushes with Broadway luminaries like Elaine Stritch and James Lapine, and how soap opera fans (even the ones in prison) interact with characters from their "stories." Listen in for her take on tour life as a mom and what her dream role is.
Today, Yvette is the director of performing arts at Chaminade College Preparatory High School in West Hills, California, where she's preparing for a season that includes a steampunk take on Shakespeare’s "Twelfth Night." Tickets are available now at www.chaminadeplayers.org. Then, later this Spring, she and husband Stephen Bishop will revisit familiar ground in celebration of the show's 20th year, when The Chaminade Players stage their own production of "Disney's Beauty and the Beast."
Keep an eye on this stellar drama educator because Yvette's students are regularly accepted into top college BFA acting and musical theatre programs, and many are now working professionally in the entertainment industry.
Yvette's Publicity shots from "Disney's Beauty & The Beast"