Christine Trent received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications/Theatre from North Carolina State University several years ago. After marrying her college sweetheart, Jackson, she settled into married life and soon after, began her career as a home maker. Two years ago, with the prospects of an empty nest on the horizon, she returned to the big stage. Her first stop was Lionheart Theatre as Lily Mortar in The Children's Hour. Last spring you may have also seen her in Don't Dress for Dinner when she played the role of Suzanne.
Christine is very excited to be making her Lionheart Theatre directorial debut in the upcoming production of Miracle on 34th Street.
Can you describe your theatre background and how you got involved with Lionheart?
“You might say, that I discovered my love of entertaining at a very young age. As a little girl, my mother used to dress me up and take me to nursing homes to sing for the residents. In high school, I was involved with my church’s drama group as well as a Georgia Governor’s Honors alternate in theatre and the winner of the talent portion of the Miss Georgia National Teenager pageant. That love for performing continued into my college years, and I ended up earning a BA in Communications/Theatre from NC State University, which is also where I met my husband, Jackson. After getting married, I started using my love for theatre in developing and starting drama groups in several churches. Once our children came along, my time was better spent helping them discover their gifts and talents. After a nearly 25-year hiatus from the stage, we found Lionheart. It was 'love at first sight!' We are incredibly thankful to have landed here."
What attracted you to the Miracle on 34th Street script?
"I have always loved this story. It’s so much more than just a tale about Kris Kringle. It’s about a woman who was hurt so deeply that she may never be able to love again, a little girl who has had to grow up too quickly, a society that has lost the true meaning of Christmas, and a man who still possesses the joy of living simply. Of course there are many other aspects, but ultimately, it is about believing even when it seems that all is lost."
How would you describe this show to people?
"We have worked really hard to keep the magic in this show. It is my hope that from the time the audience enters the theatre they will feel the warmth of the season...that they will be able to leave their worries and their concerns at the door...that they will be swept away into a place where they can all be kids again and simply just believe!"
How have rehearsals been going?
"This is my directorial debut at Lionheart, and it has been wonderful! I could not have done any of this without my AD, Kelly Markeles. Tanya Moore is a set designing genius. It’s not easy to work out places for 36 scenes on one stage. I could not have costumed this 22 member, 1947 cast without the dedication of Linda Demeris. I am also very thankful to Gary for the magic of lighting and to Bob for the joy of sound. The cast, which consists of many newcomers to Lionheart, has exceeded my expectations. They are all quite talented and professional. And Lee, is simply the best Kris Kringle a director could ever hope for!"
Anything else you want to add about working at Lionheart?
“Thank you Lionheart Theatre and Tanya Caldwell for all that you are doing to keep the arts alive here in Historic Norcross! We all need to keep a little pretend in our lives, and the theatre is the perfect place to nurture that pretend. I 'Believe' that the best is yet to come!"
Don't miss Christine Trent's direction in Lionheart Theatre's Miracle on 34th Street, playing December 6-16 in downtown Norcross. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. Please visit http://bit.ly/2NlrEo0 for tickets and more information.