But the other seven cast members quickly made her feel at home.
“They were all very welcoming,” she said. “They’ve been really friendly and fun to be around.”
Wilkinson notes that she has been lucky with the cast, which includes her close friend Bob DeLibero as Mr. Talman. The two have cast each other and worked together in a number of shows throughout the past 18 years.
“When you get a nice blend of cast, you get good theater,” Wilkinson said. “It’s just truly been fun all the way through.”
For Berit, who dreams of being a Broadway actress, this week has been especially exciting.
“This is my favorite time of a show,” she said Tuesday just before the cast’s last rehearsal without an audience. “This is going to be a kind of fun but scary night.”
She was also looking forward to putting on her completed costume.
“You really feel like you can be your character,” said Berit, who describes Gloria as stubborn but also caring.
“I really like Gloria because she’s kind of like I was when I was 9 years old,” she said. “At first, she came across as very young. She didn’t know how to handle herself. But she matured.”
Gloria, who comes downstairs often to help Susy, played by Kerry Anne Kilkelly — and also because “I have a crush on her husband,” Berit said with a laugh — ends up helping her piece together what’s going on.
Some of the play’s biggest challenges are the scenes take place in total darkness, Wilkinson said. Though the audience won’t be able to see anything that’s happening, they will be able to hear the chaos taking place onstage.
“Even in the dark, they are actually fighting and wrestling,” Wilkinson said. “It’s kind of frightening. You hear them falling.”