Javins, however, has not.
"I've sung all my life," she said. "I did show choir in high school. I sang in the big orchestra in college."
After college, she said she stayed with musical theater mostly out of insecurity about her acting ability.
"I can't act," she said. "I can't act or dance, but I feel like if I fall flat on my acting, I can redeem myself with a song. And a lot of stuff I've done with musical theater, you're a caricature of someone."
Cline insisted that Javins could do this play.
"I told her, unless I can sing a song, I don't know. That's just out of my comfort zone."
Cline convinced her to take a look at the play. A 2011 film version, starring Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Chrisoph Waltz and John C. Reilly, was available on video.
Javins downloaded the Roman Polanski-directed film from Amazon and said she was hooked.
"I loved it," she exclaimed. "I thought it was hysterical."
She agreed to do it.
Javins said acting without the safety net of a jaunty musical number was a challenge, made even more difficult by how her character winds up drunk, ranting and vomiting by the end of the play.
She laughed and said, "We're still working on the vomiting thing. Robert Haddy, who was on 'Face Off,' is making some kind of device for us."
Javins credited her fellow actors for helping her through her first foray into non-musical theater, though she's not certain she'll be looking for another play right away.
"Maybe with the right role," she said.
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