Meet your teachers: Part Two…

We also asked our Musical Mania team some questions so you could get to know them a little better. Here is how they answered!

KAT DELAPP, MM DIRECTOR

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Sacramento, California.

How long have you been involved in theatre?

I have been involved in theatre since I can remember. My parents noticed I had a flare for the dramatics from an early age and made sure I had opportunities to explore that myself! I took ballet and tap as a little girl and was also involved in Camp Music Circus in Sacramento. I did some theatre throughout my younger years but did not get serious about it until High School. In fact I did not know I could sing until my Junior year in high school!! My high school theatre experience was very influential and a major reason why I decided to continue my theatrical education in college at The Hartt School in Hartford, CT. There I completed 4 years of intense study and received my BFA in Musical Theatre in 2007. After taking a few years to audition and grow as an artist I decided to go back to school and I received my MS in Theatre Education this past May 2013. I know that theatre and performing will always be a major part of my life and I look forward to where it takes me next!

What is your dream role?

Sister Mary Patrick – Sister Act: a Divine Musical

Pennywise  – Urinetown

Cinderella or Little Red – Into the Woods

What is your favorite play or musical?

There are SO MANY!!

Into the Woods, How to Succeed…, She Loves Me, Parade, A Little Night Music, Pirates of Penzance, The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz, Guys and Dolls, Once on this Island…

Blythe Spirit, A Midsummer NIght’s Dream, Spoon River Anthology, The Importance of Being Earnest, Tartuffe.

Who is your professional idol or role model?

Melissa McCarthy & Madeline Kahn but such a fan of so many others

What are a couple of highlights of your professional career?

I was a part of a great new play, The Phoenix Flower, where I played the lead role of a young girl struggling with her body image and identity. One of the hardest and most vulnerable roles of my life.

I played Mrs. Walker in an in concert version of “Tommy” written by The Who

Do you have any secret skills?

I can enlarge my left eye and I rode horses for 12 years

JONO WALDMAN, MM MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Where are you from?

I’m from Ardsley, New York.

How long have you been involved in theatre?

My first role was the Bunny Who Wanted Red Wings in first grade.  I’ve been hooked ever since.

What is your dream role?

The Bunny Who Wanted Red Wings was a pretty great part, actually; chock full of both comedy and tragedy.  I suppose I peaked early.

What is your favorite play or musical?

It’s impossible to pick just one, but the last great show I saw was Old Hats.

Who is your professional idol or role model?

Probably my dad.  He’s an illustrator and a painter who’s managed to get paid doing what he loves for almost his whole adult life.  Impressive stuff.

What are a couple of highlights of your professional career?

In a five-person, off-broadway production of Macbeth, I got to play both Ross and Old Siward (Old Siward was a hand puppet, as were all the English characters).  In Act 5, scene 8, Ross delivers the news the news to Siward that his child has been killed in battle.  Getting to play both sides of that exchange simultaneously was a great challenge both as an actor and as a puppeteer, and I loved doing it.

Do you have any secret skills?

I sing and play the blues, along with a lot of old timey jazz, with my band, the 5000 Jazz Assassins. Also, I’ve never met a jar I couldn’t open.

We also have our Assistant, DANA EISMAN! She did not get a chance to answer my questions but luckily I can tell you a little about her because I have known her since she was in about 6th grade! Dana perfectly represents the community of the Wingspan Conservatory because she attended our programs from the time she was about 12 years old until she aged out and graduated from high school! And now she is back working for us–full circle! Dana is an amazing performer with one of the most spectacular singing voices I have ever heard. She is now off to The Hartt School of Music in the fall to study musical theatre!

We are all VERY excited to get started next week!!

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