Meet Emily Kelly as Maggie in A Chorus Line
I grew up in Sacramento, CA. There wasn't a huge theatre scene, and no one in my family is involved in it. My mom did some shows in high school and I always loved her singing voice, but other than that I came out of nowhere and forced everyone to come along for the ride! And they did; I'm so lucky to have had such a large support system from day one. I grew up very close to my grandparents, Aunt, Uncle, and cousins on my mom's side, so having them, along with my parents and little sister, at every production made for an awesome fan base (even though my guy cousin brought a pillow to most so he could take a nap)!
I can't remember the very first show I saw like most people, but I was always begging my family to go see the tours that came through town, and then listening to the soundtracks on repeat for weeks after! I did a lot of community theatre and I think the show that made me decide I wanted to do this for a living was Les Mis (I know, cheesy right?). I played Eponine and was obsessed! I'd fall asleep thinking and singing through the track in my head. I couldn't wait to go to rehearsal, it was all I wanted to do. I realized I was happiest and felt the best about myself when at rehearsal. I noticed everyone else in the cast had something to complain about, but I loved every part of doing the show, even the really hard or boring parts of the process. Then a year later I played Mrs. Lovett in a student production of Sweeny Todd and created my own "bake shop" in my kitchen so I could practice "making pies" every day and my parents realized maybe we could start taking this seriously. haha!
This is my first time doing A Chorus Line and first time at WBT. I actually saw the original Broadway revival cast in previews in San Francisco and didn't realize until years later! But I loved it!! I was singing "One" and doing a kickline in the bathroom after the show despite the strange looks from several people. Mara Davi's picture was on the wall of my dance studio because she went there for a bit and she quickly became one of my idols. I love working on the WBT stage! I think it's a challenging and rewarding show to do on a thrust stage like this one. In many ways, it's in an intimate and vulnerable show so I think it's awesome to immerse the audience in it by being so close and exposed on all sides.
I've actually never seen the movie of A Chorus Line. Although they can be difficult to get right sometimes, I'm all for musicals being made into films because it brings the content to more people! Then they can hear how much better it is on stage and want to come to live theatre even more!
I'm playing one right now and it's a dream! But Wicked has always been a dream show. I've seen it five times and it gets better every time!
I'm a huge nerd. When not on stage, I need to keep up with all the fandoms: tv, books, movies, all of it! And quality time with friends and family is the best.
Music: I listen to a whole lot of musicals, unsurprisingly! Also, pop divas Lady Gaga, Kesha, and Beyonce with some classic Jack Johnson, Beach Boys (my California is showing), Queen, and the Beatles mixed in.