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Encinitan Exercises Her Pipes from Sinatra to Beatles in Dinner Comedy

Kim Frost plays mother of the bride in "Once Upon a Wedding" at San Diego’s Lafayette Hotel.

This Valentine’s Day, Encinitas resident Kim Frost will take center stage in the musical comedy Once Upon a Wedding.

The dinner comedy—at San Diego’s Lafayette Hotel on Feb. 14 and Feb. 15—tells the story of Daisy Dudley and Davis Do-Wright and their wedding day, which is filled with mayhem.

Frost, who has lived in Encinitas since 1988, is an actor, musician and singer. She’s also produced and directed plays.

She recently gave Patch the scoop on her role in this new production.

Patch: Tell me about the play and the character you play.

Frost: Once Upon A Wedding is a really funny interactive musical comedy wedding and our guests feel like they are at the real thing; they take part in the ceremony, eat, dance, drink and generally make merry!

I play the part of Zina Dudley, the mother of the bride. She has spent a lot of time and money making her party perfect for her daughter, Daisy, and isn’t very pleased when the entire wedding party gets stuck in Mexico and is unable to attend. I’m very glad to be part of this very talented fun-loving cast.

Singing is one of my favorite activities, and we get to sing tons of familiar songs that span several generations—everything from Frank Sinatra to The Beatles to The Plain White T’s. Some of my favorites are the duets I sing with the Father of the Bride, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye and Still The One by Orleans.

Patch: What challenges did you face while playing this character?

Frost: This part isn’t too far from home for me. In fact, I have a lot in common with my character—I’m a “lady of leisure” and my son is getting married next year! 

Patch: How did you become an actor? What/who is your inspiration? 

Frost: I began performing in high school plays and was in several productions at the Civic Theater in Oregon. I also produced and directed children’s plays from 1989 to 2002.

In addition, I was a member of The Prime Time Singers from 1989 to 1995, and I’ve been in several bands playing vocals, piano/keyboard, guitar and ukulele. I’m inspired by good music and fine acting.

Patch: What’s next for you? 

Frost: I am really enjoying my time with Once Upon A Wedding and the producer, Lisa Laughbaum, is working hard to continue the show’s run. I look forward to playing the part of Zina for many years to come.

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