Actress Joan Freed
brings the wisdom of age to her one-woman
By BONNIE L.
Senior Theatre Expert, SENIOR LIFE
spent most of her life working with numbers.
But now she’s spending her time on stage.
Actually, she’s surrounded herself with a
quirky set of characters – the fascinating
folks who enter Coco Bliss’ chocolate shop
to share their stories about life, love,
and, of course, their passion: chocolate. t
all happens in Freed’s one-woman musical
comedy, Chocolate Confessions.
herself “a late bloomer to the arts,” Freed
jumped in with both feet. She began taking
acting classes before auditioning and being
cast in Kiss Me Kate at the Lake
Oswego Community Theatre. In an instant, she
knew, “this is it – this is what I’ve been
looking for.” In was sheer exhilaration.
seven years of musical theatre, Freed
decided it was time for her to do the show
she had always wanted to do. So, she wrote
and performed her own material in
Crossword Puzzle, which she performed
throughout the area. Its success led her to
explore one of her passions: chocolate.
Chocolate Confessions, Freed has
combined likeable characters with lesser
known songs from musical theatre. Along with
props and costumes, she becomes a quick
change artist who introduces you to customer
after customer. You end up liking – and
believing – every one of them. It works
because of her considerable vocal talent
that blends well with her theatrical skills
in a script that moves quickly. Guiding the
show through the many different musical
styles is the gifted accompaniment of Craig
Jones. Chocolate Confessions brings
together songs, characters, and all you’d
ever want to know about chocolate, all in
one delightful production.
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