Liz was a member of Chelmsford High's chorus and drama club, and worked in countless community theater productions, as well as local cabaret shows.
She was the girl who would remember her lines, your lines, everone else's lines, and if you couldn't hear the right note, she'd know that too, and could always hit it. She would view a scene in a show as an entire presentation, instead of just her role, and remember every detail about "the last time we did it", so that the scene could be improved.
When she'd adopt a character, she'd physically "melt" into that role. She won awards at every competition level in the 1983 Boston Globe High School Drama Festival. As a high school senior, she played a much older, authoritative woman in a vignette from Neil Simon's "The Good Doctor". Prep for Carlotta!
She graduated from the Boston Conservatory of Music.
Her family is artistic, she is the youngest of four siblings (three girls, one boy). Her sisters also have strong, Broadway-tuned voices, although they did not pursue stage careers. If her family gathered around the piano, you could bet they wouldn't be singing "Mary Had a Little Lamb".
Liz can sing, dance, act, play the piano, draw, whip up costumes, and expertly apply makeup for street or stage.
She is a Rocky Horror Picture show fan, can recite the entire movie backwards. She was a fixture at the floor show at Rocky's Boston movie house. I know she's done the stage version, and I'm not sure, but I think she played Magenta the Maid at the Candlewood in CT.
She was in "Nunsense" for a steady period of time, and worked in a show about 60s "girl music" called "She-Boppin'".
She always knew what her future would hold --life in the musical theater. I admired how she'd always have her finger on the next audition, or the next show, without constantly discussing the preparation or the effort involved to be employed in the industry. Talent and hard work paid off.
Her voice, her fabulous voice. A strong, clear, versatile show voice. She can sing anything. I saw her last as Madame Thenardier in Les Miserable in Boston a couple of years ago.
She is eminently skilled to portray a diva. Liz has always had a highly developed sense of humor, and with her height and glamorous measurements, could take on an imperious demeanor at the drop of the hat, always to make us laugh.