How did you get into Theatre Arts? When did you first start performing?
I was introduced to theatre arts through dance, initially. My older sister began ballet lessons at age six. As she spent time training in the studio, I sat, at the age of 2, on the other side of the observation window engrossed in all I watched. When I turned the “magical” age of 4, I could finally take lessons for myself. Over time, I integrated acting and voice lessons with my dance training, and I haven’t looked back since. I do love and appreciate musical theatre as it often requires the refinement and blending of all three of these highly specialized skills.
Give us a bit of a background about your new show, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN.
MCCoy Rigby Entertainment’s current show, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN is the stage adaptation of the classic Hollywood film starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor. Our production, directed and choreographed by Emmy nominated Spencer Liff, does a tremendous job of honoring this iconic film while bringing freshness to the beloved story. This production has a highly talented, skilled, and beautifully diverse cast of actors.
MRE’s SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN utilizes classic, Hollywood glamour costuming, amazing sets, and presents consecutive song and dance numbers that leave audiences roaring in laughter, entangled in romance, and on the edge of their seats in awe. This production successfully recreates Gene Kelly’s most iconic onscreen performance by literally making it rain onstage before theatergoers’ very eyes.
What is your role?
I am a member of this show’s ensemble which entails playing several roles. You can catch me singing and dancing in a wide range of costuming including that of an usherette, a cake girl at producer R.F. Simpson’s film premiere party, a Roman goddess, an onset light operator…and several other characters as well!
For musical productions such as this, one must be highly skilled in singing, dancing and acting…how does one prepare for such a demanding role?
Train, train, train! In addition to my early years studying in dance, I did go on to graduate from
The American Musical and Dramatic Academy College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts
in Los Angeles. I also attended the prestigious School at Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, Massachusetts for continued training in Musical Theatre Dance.
As one would attend a medical school in pursuit of becoming a physician, it is the same for pursuing a professional career in Musical Theatre. Focus, dedication, and continued education is integral. I still attend dance classes of various styles and take voice lessons when I am not performing.
Share with us the last thing you do before you step out on stage.
Before taking the stage, I like to take a deep breath…or a few. 🙂
If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next?
HAMILTON will be returning to Los Angeles at the Pantages Theater. It would be incredible to be a part of sharing this powerful production with West Coast audiences. “I am not throwing away my shot” to tell this tremendous story.
Until when does SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN run and how are your fans able to get tickets?
McCoy Rigby Entertainment’s production of SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN completes its five-week run this Sunday, May 12th at The La Mirada Theater. Performances run Wednesday through Sunday and there are 6 more opportunities to catch this excellent show. Buy your tickets before we close!