"Younger Than Springtime!" Meet Alison T. Chi
Posted by: Pia Haas on Monday, October 13, 2014 at 12:00:00 am
Alison T. Chi Plays Liat in our production of South Pacific.
I was born in Taipei and grew up in Hsinchu, Taiwan. I have a brother who is two years older than me. Both my parents are college professors and so was my Grandfather. I was brought up very academically that way I guess - school always came first. That being said, my parents still exposed me to different art forms. I studied dance, the piano and clarinet, taekwando and drawing and was often brought to the theatre to see shows.
I began my dance training at the age of three. Performing was never something foreign to me. I stopped dancing when I was 10 because my parents wanted me to focus on school work, and later I became a genetics major in college. One day as I was sitting in the lab staring at the fruit flies (or drosophila, to be scientifically correct) through the microscope, I asked myself whether that was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. The answer was no. So I went back to dancing and eventually started acting too.
There are several teachers/mentors who have influenced me as a performer: Tracie Stanfield, Alan Langdon, Don Boros, and Tom Kremer.
A friend of mine told me about South Pacific when I was in college and how much he liked it. It eventually became one of my favorite shows too. This is my first time doing it.
This is my first show at WBT! :)
I think musical movies are great but making one can be tricky. It's a very different setup and one really needs to know what his game plan is. South Pacific is actually one of my favorite shows. I also love Oklahoma!, Sunday In The Park With George, She Loves Me, The Pajama Game, and A Chorus Line. Every role is a dream role for me.
When not on stage, I love traveling. Camping has recently become my new hobby. I also enjoy cooking, baking, sewing, and knitting.
What's on my Ipod? Show tunes and cello music!