Sarah Smithton DAY BY DAY!
Sarah Smithton sings the classic, DAY BY DAY in GODSPELL.. Here is what she shared with us!
I grew up in San Francisco, CA! Born and raised in the Mission District. As far back as I can remember, the arts were always a part of my life. I was seeing theatre/opera/ballet as early as 5 years old. San Francisco is such a great place to have a rich, cultural upbringing with all of its museums and theatres.
It was the summer that I was 8 years old. I had nothing going on the week of the Fourth of July, and so my parents signed me up for a week-long musical theatre camp run by Academy DeTurk in San Rafael, CA. I got bit by the theatre bug and never looked back.
I did Godspell in middle school (photo above right) and have been listening to the recording for years, but it's my mom who has the best connection to the show. When she was in college, one of the members of the original Broadway cast borrowed her leotard, and then never gave it back because they were off in NYC performing the show on Broadway. True story. Who was the person? My lips are sealed!
I have seen the movie...Victor Garber's afro is insane! On musical films: Chicago is still one of my favorites. Rob Marshall did such a good job at capturing how it feels when a character magically breaks into song. If the musical in question lends itself nicely to a film adaptation, I say go ahead.
Into the Woods is probably my favourite musical, with many many runners up like Oliver, Spelling Bee, Assassins - to name a few. Peter Pan is on my list to play, and in my wildest dreams? Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar. After I saw Tim Minchin do it, my life was changed.
When I'm not onstage I'm hardly ever on the ground! You'll find me at various aerial arts studios in the city, or practicing Antigravity Yoga - something I got certified in this year and am head over heals in love with.
I listen to everything from Scissor Sisters to Jamie Cullum; from Ludacris to the Civil Wars. There's a good amount of jazz and singer/songwriter tunes, but I try not to stay in one genre. Also nearly every cast recording ever. And a ton of mashups - I love mashups.