|The Three Maids...plus Leo|
How did you meet and where did the name Three Little Maids come from?
Alex: I met Kate at Kings College where we both studied music, I went up to her on the first day and said “I think you’re really pretty” in her specs and floral shirt, Kate replied “Ok…my names Kate” and we went from there.
Jen: I met Kate and Alex through Kings Musical Theatre, which they were ruling over at the time and I would then be passed the crown for. They were living in a house on Old Kent Road with my new boyfriend and ended up liking me more!
Kate: We’re called the Three Little Maids because there’s three of us, and we’re girls
Alex: The Three Little Maids song is from the Hot Mikado, a jazzed up version of the G&S classic.
How would you describe your style and who do you think you appeal to most?
All: Cheeky charming close harmony cabaret!
Jen: We’re like the Poo-poo (Puppini) Sisters and the Andrew Sisters but better.
Alex: There’s lots of three part girl groups but they’ve all jumped on the retro bandwagon and niched themselves. They just do one style or a novelty thing like jazzing up pop songs. We do a bit of everything
Jen: We do just what we want to do, we try not to do things others could do, we put a bit of ourselves in it.
Kate: It’s a cross between cabaret and comedy! Our rule is for every serious song, we’ll do three funny songs. And we do always pay homage to our true love musical theatre. But the 60’s pop songs have been going down well in our Old Vic Pit Bar gigs.
Alex: The thing I’m proud of is not taking ourselves seriously, we’re a little bit silly and have remained true to our individual personalities and our loves, I’ll wank over some Sondheim, Kate will pay homage to Judy Garland…
Most of you have links with Imperial through MTSoc and MTSoc tour, so can scientists make good performers/lovers?
Jen: My boyfriend is a scientist and he loves Musical Theatre. Scientists are good because there’s a connection between Maths and Music.
Alex: Well, mines a wannabe scientist, he’s a bit of a geek and reads the New Scientist.
Kate: My dad is a scientist and he loves the Maids, secretly he wants to be one of us. I’ve heard he’s an excellent lover.
Jen: Scientists work very hard so they need some relief
Alex: They have to think creatively , be brave and take risks just as actors do.
All: Our conclusion is…yes!
What do you enjoy most about performing together and what’s your favourite venue and dream venue?
Kate: The Old Vic pit bar!
If the Three Little Maids could be joined by 3 Little Men, who would your dream men be?
Jen: Philip Quast! And Hugh Jackman (Alex intercepts with a cry of “No not Hugh Jackman!”) And Zubin Varla! He was in Jesus Christ Superstar and he’s in Warhorse at the moment.
Kate: Can he be dead? Gene Kelly, and we’d choreograph all our numbers.
Alex: I would have the Australian god Philip Quast too. Or, I think we’d push all of those in the sea if Stephen Sondheim joined us on the piano. Leo can join in and clap along, or turn the pages.
What’s your favourite song to sing?
Kate: I know what I like- Chattanooga Choo Choo.
Jen: Send in the Clowns as that was the first thing we arranged. Also, Wash that Man as I’m a real Rodgers and Hammerstein geek, it goes in from Oklahoma so its just like I’m cumming everywhere. Plus Leo does an awesome version of Sesame Street so that’d be his favourite.
Alex: I like Drive My Car too, we do a great version ala Lilly Allan which the audiences love. Three Little Maids obviously, our title song. Everyone loves it when we do it as an encore as we can just mess around and it goes down really well. The other two don’t agree but I like closing with Better from A Class Act (Lucy at this point cries I love that song!).
Kate: I’m totes over it. It went down like a sack of poo last time. I know my favourite! Man in the Mirror! How did we forget that? It’s the best thing you’ll ever see ever! Jen gets all black on us
Alex: Kate rives around on the floor
Jen: Alex bursts out from a curtain
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