For today’s #WeeklyWednesday, I’ve combined all of the edited clips into the full version of my #NYU Master’s recital character study of Eliza Doolittle from Lerner and Loewe’s “My Fair Lady” ?? I hope you enjoy watching our 30-minute performance in its entirety!
Whether this is your first time viewing it or you’ve already watched my full recital performance – thank you! – I really appreciate your supporting my work!
It was so fun to work on this with my incredibly talented colleague-friends! They are: Tyler Dobies as Henry Higgins; Nyla Watson as Col. Pickering; Minque Taylor as Mrs. Higgins and Costermonger; Adelle Blauser as Mrs. Pearce, Mrs. Eynesford-Hill, and Costermonger; and Gabriel Song as Freddy Eynesford-Hill. My accompanist is the phenomenal Rachel Dean. My wonderful vocal instructor throughout my time at NYU is Matthew Shepard Smith (if you’re looking for a teacher, contact him!!) and my fantastic vocal coach is Christine Reimer. It really was such a privilege and joy to create this with you!!
Additionally, I’m so proud of everyone and grateful to you for pulling this together so quickly and with such little rehearsal time (we only had about 20 minutes to run things in the space!). Character studies are approximately 30-minute excerpts from a musical – often the character’s solos plus at least 10 minutes of dialogue. Each student makes the cuts and then directs/produces the entire performance (though we work on the songs with our private instructors and vocal coaches!). In my case, it was important to me to represent as much of the complete plot as possible, as I have a lot of loved ones who aren’t musical theatre aficionados and I wanted to give them the most I could from this performance! It was quite a challenge to cut such a large and beloved work – and to put it together so quickly and using the odd rehearsal spaces we could access ? While I can imagine how much it could’ve grown with more time, I’m really proud of our work ?
It meant so very much to me to have had you join me for this particularly meaningful and degree-culminating performance ? I am also so grateful to the friends and family who came to support me in person and who watched online! Thank you ? ?
If you haven’t yet seen the first half of my recital – featuring Neapolitan songs as well as musical theatre favorites – you can watch it here:
I learned a great deal during my time at NYU, and I would highly encourage anyone interested to audition! You can find out more about NYU Steinhardt’s Master of Music in Vocal Performance: Music Theatre here. If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments and I will do my best to respond in a timely manner!
This was my initial audition submission for the program:
Thank you, as always, for encouraging me and supporting my work! It means so much to me ?
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