Broadway veterans and "Beetlejuice the Musical" ensemble members Tessa Alves, Ryan Breslin, and Brooke Engen took a break from their busy rehearsal and performance schedule at the National Theatre to visit with campus choral groups today.
The trio met with Middle School Chorus and Upper School Swing Choir and spoke about their lives as performers, working on Broadway, and their current show. They also held mock auditions with Upper School singers, providing both general performance tips and individualized feedback. Their advice included staying healthy and drinking lots of water, incorporating movement into singing auditions to bring more performance quality, and continuing to train in a variety of disciplines, which can sometimes make the difference between landing a job or not.
Overall, said Ms. Alves, "Do the work because you love it."
The trio also noted the unique growth opportunities that come from performing live theater, where the unexpected is very much expected. "In live theater," said Ms. Alves, "it's amazing all the things that can happen and you just step in and come together as a community and push through it. This really continues to push you as a performer."
Middle and Upper School Choral Director Trevor Fanning arranged for the visit after seeing the new musical. "My students have been talking about how to build more self-confidence on stage," he said, "so I approached some of the cast members after the performance to see if they might be available to share some advice with students." He was thrilled that they were able to come and provide so many insights with Holton's performers.
"Beetlejuice the Musical" made its world premiere this month at the National Theatre in DC and will run through Nov. 18, before heading to Broadway.