Leo Blum may be somewhat reserved in “The Producers,” but he’s also quite clever.
“Leo discovers that, in theory, a producer could make more money with a flop than with a hit,” Sebastian Smith said of his character, Blum. “He gives Max the whole idea to try and put on the biggest flop of all time, and he becomes (Max’s) partner.”
Blum isn’t the most confident of individuals, according to Smith.
“Leo is mousy and very mild-mannered,” Smith said. “He’s very OCD, but has a childlike naivety to him.”
Smith feels like he got a head start with Blum because of his previous role of the Man in Chair in “The Drowsy Chaperone.” Though he noted that there are several differences between the characters, Smith drew some inspiration from his previous role, as well as his little brother, Santiago.
“In our household, he’s big and loud and boisterous,” Smith said of his younger brother. “But in public, he hides it very well by being quiet.”
Smith hopes that audiences can relate to Blum on several levels, but believes that the character’s best quality that people should take note of is his determination to follow his dreams.
“He wants to be a producer more than anything in the world,” Smith said. “He’s offered this one chance to become a producer, and even though it’s illegal, he’s willing to take the risk.”Ulla Inga Hansen Bensen Yonsen Tallen-Hallen Svaden-Svanson: Never underestimate the cute one. “Ulla is radiant,” Lauren Bergman said. “She’s very energetic and bubbly. She’s also sexy, and she knows she sexy, but, at the same time, she has this innocence about it.” Bergman hopes to portray her own version of Ulla Inga Hansen Bensen Yonsen Tallen-Hallen Svaden-Svanson (that’s her first name) in Missouri Western’s “The Producers.” “I’d like to think that my take on Ulla is pretty organic, because she’s very much like myself in some ways,” Bergman said of her character. Ulla is a very lively character, and Bergman hopes to use her previous experience from performing in Missouri Western plays like “Annie,” “Sweeney Todd,” “The Magic Flute” and “The Drowsy Chaperone.” However, Bergman had her work cut out for her when it came to defining her character in “The Producers.” “(Ulla) is definitely unlike any other character I’ve had to play,” Bergman said. “She’s by far the most out-there, suggestive character that I’ve had to play.” Look for Ulla at “The Producers” performance. She’ll be the one singing, “When You’ve Got it, Flaunt it.”