Amber McNew greets us with her hair already in braids with bobby-pinned curls in the front.
Her t-shirt, black, has a smiley face on it.
She sits in her dressing room, pinning her braids up for the wig cap (it's like pantyhose on your head lol) and ultimately a part-purple, rad wig.
“You know punk is really built around that thrashing kind of movement so that’s why your girl’s got 20 freaking pins,” McNnew said.
She is referring to the punk rock setting of Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol at American Stage Theatre in St. Pete through January 2, 2022.
She moves a lot-- even if it's not punk rock head-thrashing-- she's scaling ladders and jumping off pieces of the set.
(Flying hair not attached to someone's head, is not on the menu. Every pin matters!) The story follow Ebenzer Scrooge's already dead business partner as he tries to dig his way out of his doom.
“I am technically called 'Actor #4,'" explained McNew, the fourth of four actors in the show.
And it comes with eight different roles.
Her outfits help to keep her on track.
And the show moves so fast, McNew has to hide some of her costuming in plain sight.
She transforms right on stage-- that's why it's so important that every prop be in it's perfect place.
"Because I have to be able to just grab them to shove a hand in," she said, situating her gloves.
Back to that ladder-- she shimmies up to the top and throws half her body out like the sideways half of an X.
It's a power play prop check.
And if she is feeling down as a character, she can literally jump down into a lower level riser of the stage, all of it adorned in wildly defiant graffiti.
“So this is a true playground," said McNew. "Who wouldn’t want to play.”