Meet Molly Beth. She’s a young actor with Broadway dreams and the talent to back it up. She’s preparing to star as Ariel in Ascension Community Theatre‘s production of The Little Mermaid later this summer. I caught up with her at the theater before rehearsals to catch a glimpse of stage (and backstage) life for this singing siren.
JE: How long have you been on the stage?
MB: I’ve been on the stage for as long as I can remember. My first dance recital was when I was around 3 years old, so I guess that means 13 years!
JE: What is your favorite part of being on stage?
MB: My favorite part about being on the stage is just performing in general. Stepping onstage to do something you love is the best feeling in the world.
JE: Least favorite?
MB: My least favorite part about being onstage is the constant possibility that you might fail. I’m always afraid that even though I’ve rehearsed everything for months and months I might mess up, but that’s the beauty of live theatre!
JE: Describe opening nights.
MB: Opening nights are so exciting! When you’ve rehearsed something for a while, and it’s something you’re proud of, performing it in front of an audience for the first time is so fun. You finally get to see what others think of your show, and realize that all of the hard work and long nights were worth it.
JE: What are your goals as a performer?
MB: My goals as a performer are to, first get accepted to the University of Michigan so I can receive a terrific musical theatre education, and second, make it on Broadway!
JE: What’s your advice to someone wanting to get into performing?
MB: My advice to someone wanting to get into performing is to take as many classes as possible…You can never learn too much!
If you’d like to catch Ascension Community Theatre’s stage production of The Little Mermaid, follow them on Facebook for ticket sale announcements and other info.