We are very excited to introduce a New feature to our web site. THE PDM ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT. Here we will showcase what are past student are up to an share their experiences with PDM.
In the 4th grade, a tall man in a jean jacket covered in Disney patches walked into my classroom. The class was full of murmurs. “Who is that?” “Does he work for Disney?” It was Paul Dean Martin, promoting the PDM Young Actors production of Hercules, which would be the first musical I’ve ever performed in!
Who knew this would be the start of my career as an actress? PDM Young Actors Workshop introduced me to my true passion, theatre. The next year, I did another PDM show, Beauty and the Beast. I had my debut speaking/singing role as “Chip the Cup”.
A couple years later I auditioned for my middle school’s musical theatre program and got accepted. My passion continued into high school where I became head of the drama department’s tech and design committees, as well as acting in every play. Upon graduating high school I applied to CSULB, where I was accepted into the performance tract and got my BA in theatre performance. Now I’m auditioning for grad schools!
Over the years I’ve been in roles such as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, and Marcy Park in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. I’ve done university performances, community theatre, and professional productions. In addition to my theatre training, I have studied stage combat (I played Anakin in The Art of the Sword) and clowning, where I played a ballerina and performed The Nutcracker… on stilts!
For my daytime job, I work in the entertainment department at Disneyland, where I’ve done shows like Pirate Palooza. I’m also a part of the Disney Special Events Team when they need performers for weddings, marathons, and New Year’s Eve television specials. In addition, the Special Events Team works with Make-a-Wish children, making magic moments happen everyday.
My diverse background and enthusiasm for theatre all started with PDM. I would never be where I am today without PDM. Mr. Martin saw something in me and inspired my inner creativity. Without his passion for the art and patience for beginning actors I may have never gotten to enjoy all the wonderful experiences theatre held for me. I can’t thank Mr. Martin enough for his dedication to theatre and fostering the potential of young actors.
Here I am in my most recent role, Heather McNamara in Heathers the Musical.