WL couple live real-life fairy tale
They were near perfect strangers when they shared a minute-long kiss at a theatrical rehearsal, but it was enough to seal the deal. Kelly Sina and Adam Elliott Davis married about a year later.
West Linn couple Sina and Elliott Davis had only met for a few minutes before they kissed for the first time at rehearsal for a production of "1776" at Lakewood Theater in Lake Oswego in 2016.
"It was our first or second rehearsal together and we had to finally break the ice and kiss each other," Elliot Davis said. "In that moment, I was literally almost swept off my feet and my breath was taken away."
The pair got to know each other better during the production of the musical "1776" and started dating shortly after the show wrapped up. Nine months later, they were engaged.
The couple, whose meeting story seems to be torn from the pages of a fairy tale, play Rapunzel and her prince in the classic fairy tale Sondheim musical "Into the Woods," which opens May 31 at Broadway Rose Theater Company's New Stage.
Elliott Davis got into acting in high school because he was drawn to the arts. For Sina, theater was always in her blood.
"My mom was on tour when she was pregnant with me. So, since I've been in utero, I've been on stage," she said.
The couple said acting while married can be tough, especially when they're not in the same production. It's hard to spend all day apart while they work and then all evening apart while rehearsing, they said.
But they feel acting together, which they have done a handful of times since "1776," makes them better partners and better actors.
"One of the key components of acting is vulnerability and not withholding your inner self and the ability to be in the moment and not censor yourself and I think that's essential for acting but it's also been a humongous asset in relating to Kelly and just expressing love for her," Elliott Davis said.
Plus, being married to your co-star means there is no awkward get-to-know-you period during rehearsal. They can jump right into the acting, Elliot Davis said.
According to Sina, "(The best part of acting together is) knowing that the choices that we make are going to be supported by the other one. There's no judgement and we're each other's No. 1 fans so to that have that in the room with us every single night it makes it a little less scary."
Having her biggest supporter on stage with her is especially helpful to Sina in her role as Rapunzel because the part stretches a little beyond her comfort zone.
"My character isn't on stage very often but she's a little outside of my wheelhouse and what I normally get cast in," she said. "I can get pretty crazy up there and it's good."
Audience members who have seen "Into the Woods" before may not have seen it quite like this.
"(This version of 'Into the Woods') is the bare bones of the story," Sina said. "There's not a lot of extra fluff."
Another extraordinary thing about the play, Elliott Davis said, is the music.
"It's complex musically and lyrically," he said. "It's the difference between going to Burger King for a cheeseburger-not that Burger King cheeseburgers are bad- and going to a fine dining winery out in the West Linn countryside. It's a treat."