The Interview: NTC’s Mary Caroline Moore

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From Staff Reports

This month, The Paper publishes its Q&A with Mary Caroline Moore, the Executive Director of the Newnan Theatre Company.

Briefly describe yourself and what you do/did.
My name is Mary Caroline Moore. I have a degree in music education from Georgia State University. I taught studio piano for 12 years, managed Georgia Youth Ballet under the direction of Magdalena Maury for 11 years, and currently I am the Executive Director of Newnan Theatre Company, and the director of the NTC’s Academy of Theatre Arts program, which is a musical theatre program for grades 2-8.

Best piece of advice you’ve received.

My mom always told me to do things because it’s “nicer.” I have found that being nice gets the desired result in a much better way.

If I had it to do over …
I don’t think there’s anything I would do over.

You are going on an extended solo trip. What three albums and three books would you take?
Three albums: A Night at the Opera by Queen, Yes! by Jason Mraz, and Romance of the Violin by Joshua Bell.
Three books: Whip Hand by Dick Francis, The Princess Bride by William Goldman, and the Bible.

Tell us one thing about yourself that few people know.
My opera debut was as “Uncle Buoso” in Gianni Schicchi by Puccini.

You are hosting a dinner party for six. What five people, living or dead, would you invite and why.
Queen Elizabeth – I am fascinated by how she has ruled Great Britain for so long and with such dignity.
Beverly Cleary – I could talk to her about how well she writes from a child’s perspective.
Neil Armstrong – It would be interesting to talk to him about what led up to the first spacewalk.
Julie Andrews – I would love to be able to discuss her career with her.
Jim Henson – What a great creative mind! 

Name an as yet unfulfilled dream.
Visiting the Faroe Islands.

If you weren’t doing what you are, you would be …
A performing musician.

Your go-to food.
Grilled cheese sandwich.

Favorite movies(s).
The Princess Bride and The Muppet Movie.

Dogs or cats?
Yes! Although I only have dogs right now, I love both dogs and cats.

Your favorite quote and why.
She who laughs, lasts. I firmly believe that humor makes everything better.

Name something that you are extremely glad you did or accomplished.
I’m extremely glad I insisted all three of my children learn to play the piano.

What advice would you give your younger self just starting out on their own.
Be sure to keep zip ties on hand.

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