I've barely had time to update, I had such a wild semester! I worked on five productions this semester, starting off with IWU's class of 2018 Senior Showcase, 'Bring On the Monsters,' which was presented at Stage 773 in Chicago in February. A few weeks after that, I played The Grocer in IWU's mainstage production of Rhinoceros, and then immediately began working on the final preparations for my independent study, a one-woman show that I wrote and composed. I presented Keep On Dreaming on March 24th and 25th, after working on it for almost a year under my advisor Scott Susong. You can check out the recording and more information about it on the 'Keep On Dreaming' tab!
In the middle of presenting my independent study, I got a crazy artistic idea and began working on a project for my fellow music theatre seniors. In late April, I got to play several different roles in the Music Theatre Scene Study's presentation of selections from Pulitzer-Prize winning musicals--ranging from Nellie in South Pacific, to Bebe in A Chorus Line, to Natalie in Next to Normal. As soon as that performance was completed, I capped off the semester by asking Scott Susong to direct and stage the original musical workshop I was writing for her fellow seniors about relationships and the sea. We put it together in a week, and the recording and more info about it can be found on this website! The show was titled 'Boats, Affairs, and the Wind in Your Hair,' and I plan to keep expanding and improving the show after graduation!
On May 6th, myself and my fellow classmates graduated with a BFA in Music Theatre from Illinois Wesleyan University! In July, I'm moving to New York City to pursue music theatre. I'm truly so grateful for everything IWU gave me, and I can't wait for the next adventure!