By Debbie Hall
With such great entertainment on the Las Vegas Strip, one can get caught up in the spectacle of the singing, dancing, magic and humor that can be found in shows. But, on stage are real women living real lives, following their career paths as performers and raising a family while doing some juggling.
Nightly, Carol-Lyn Liddle belts out classic rock songs in “Raiding the Rock Vault” at The New Tropicana Las Vegas. As a mother, Liddle has cheered on her daughter, Veronica Rothenhausler, an MMA featherweight fighter who has recently retired from the sport.
Liddle always wanted to be a singer. However, when she became a mother at age 24,
she put her singing aspirations on hold to become a stay-at-home mom. After her daughter
graduated from high school, she decided that she still wanted to sing.
When “Raiding the Rock Vault” was searching for a female singer to add to its lineup, Liddle was asked to sing Heart’s classic anthem “Alone” in front of Heart guitarist and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee Howard Leese as part of her audition.
“I told Howard before I started that I had never sang a Heart song before, and he had the most stunned look on his face,” said Liddle. “He asked if I could hit the high notes. I did, and he was smiling from ear to ear.” She got the job and has been performing with the show ever since.
Sarah Lowe was born into musical theater and continues with her career as dance captain in the Las Vegas production of “Jersey Boys,” the Broadway musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons at Paris Las Vegas. Lowe is also the mother of two sons. Along with being the dance captain, Lowe is the swing—meaning she covers all the other female roles when needed. “I go on when someone is sick, injured or has a vacation,” Lowe explained. “As dance captain, I know all of the routines of the show, so I know all of the male roles as well.
Being the mother of a 20-month-old toddler and an infant while working nights, Lowe said, “When you are doing what you love, you have to remind yourself of how fortunate you are. It can be stressful, but I have a great support system. My husband brings the baby, so I can nurse him during breaks in the show and I always have my pump.”
Sarah Emick also performs nightly in “Jersey Boys” as several characters during the show with her featured role as Lorraine, a reporter who was also a love interest of Valli. She is also a mom to a 22-month old son.
“There are benefits and drawbacks to my schedule,” Emick said. “I do get to spend my days with him. I focus on him when he is not napping. I know a lot of working moms have to work during the day and miss those hours with their children. Since I work at night, only once a week do I get to put my son to bed. Being a mom is all-encompassing, and every time I see another mom, I want to hug her.”
Lowe and cast member Emick share stories and photos of their children. “It is nice since I miss my babies, and Sarah (Emick) and I have these moments together looking at our children.”
Three women, three mothers, continue on their paths both professionally and personally.