I Just Met a Girl Named Maria! ( aka Carly Evans)
Carly Evans is our Lovely Maria in West Side Story.. read on....
I grew up in Hershey, PA. Sweetest place on Earth! I was actually really into sports growing up. Although I loved theatre and knew I wanted to pursue it as a career I spent most of my time playing lacrosse, soccer and field hockey. I started really concentrating on theatre in high school by doing my school shows and taking voice lessons.
My mom took me to see The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway when I was 7. I was hooked. (I was, and still am 100% team Phantom.) Though that was what sparked my interest, I was always a performer. Right out of the womb I always craved the spotlight. I would sing and dance all the time, even when I was put in time out (my mother loved that...).
I remember seeing The movie of West Side Story first and then I actually played Maria my Junior year of High school. That was when I really fell in love with the show and the role. I had the chance to play it again right out of college at Ogunquit Playhouse. That was an incredible experience for me. I learned a lot which I really believe helped me land the role here at Westchester Broadway Theatre. I absolutely love this cast and crew. I've never had so much fun with a group of people!
I think (if done well) musicals made into films are fantastic. They give people who may not necessarily be theatre buffs a chance to experience something new. And it's definitely cheaper than going to see a Broadway show!
Oh goodness... I could go on forever about my favorite shows. And dream roles actually... BUT if I'm forced to name a few, some dream roles would be Christine in Phantom of the Opera, Clara in Light in the Piazza and I would LOVE ago play every female role in A Little Night Music. As I grow older, my goal is to hit them all.
When I'm not on stage.... I like to eat. That's it. Food always. And the occasional beer.
Music wise I'm a fan of pretty much everything. It depends on my mood. My go to artists though are James Taylor and Ed Sheeran. And of course I'm that theatre nerd that will listen to Broadway show tunes on a regular basis.