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Gabrielle Lansden

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Gabrielle Lansden is an FGCU theatre major and has also worked as a self-employed voice actor for the past two and a half years.

She plays the part of Janet Weiss in New Phoenix Theatre’s production of Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show. Her acting credits include Ghostbird Theatre Company’s production of Barry Cavin’s Boxes Are for What We Keep (Tina from Trilla), and three shows under Stuart Brown’s direction at Florida SouthWestern State College, Paragon Springs, Sonnets for an Old Century and She Kills Monsters (in which she played Agnes Evans, the lead).

The role of Janet Weiss has some similarities to that of Agnes Evans in She Kills Monsters. Both Janet and Agnes are oh-so-straight-laced. Both are shy and demure. And both encounter same-sex incidents that blow their minds. In Agnes’ case, it was discovering her sister, Tilly, sharing a kiss with her gay lover. In Rocky Horror, Janet wanders down a hallway in Frank N Furter’s castle only to find her boyfriend, Brad, having sex with Frank.

But the similarities end there. Janet’s character arc takes her from chaste to sexual liberation.

I’ll put up no resistance. I want to stay the distance. I’ve got an itch to scratch. I need assistance. Toucha toucha toucha me. I want to be dirty. Thrill me. Chill me. Fulfill me. Creature of the night.”

What a juicy role for Lansden – as it’s her lot in life (or at least the musical) to parody that whole misogynistic virgin/whore yoke that women have labored under for time out of memory.

Lansden is a theater major in her senior year at Florida Gulf Coast University. She hopes to remain in Florida, if not Southwest Florida, after graduation.

In addition to acting, she is experienced in prop management, and will serve as Prop Mistress for New Phoenix Theatre’s upcoming production of Inspecting Carol, which will be directed by Joey Bostic.

Lansden is also an experienced voice actor. In addition to taking a voiceover class at FGCU with Garrett VanderMeer and the WGCU team at FGCu, she mentored for more than three years with ISDN voice actress Kim Crow, who was the very first voice digitized for use in fighter cockpits and at NASA. Known affectionately as “Bitching Betty,” Crow has executed voice-over work for The Limited, Publix, Media One and Trojan, and has been a spokeswoman for clients including AT&T, IBM and TutorBank, as well as being a featured on-camera principal commercial performer for Nutrasweet, USF&G Insurance and many more fine companies. Gabrielle has recorded at Crow’s studio on a couple of occasions.

Gabrielle traces her earliest experiences in entertainment to singing in her preschool choir and performing talent shows for her dad and mom (who was a professional dancer). In addition to voice lessons, Gabrielle has more than 8 years of dance experience, including dance shows and competitions. She’s come a long way since those fledgling productions and today sees herself performing for the rest of her life.

September 23, 2019; revised October 15, 2019.

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