As the Dance Captain for “A Christmas Story Musical,” she helps guide the performances in motion and keeps them going. She is not only a dancer but a performer as well which helps her in her job.
SD: When did you first realize you wanted to be a performer?
MN: If you were to ask my mom it started when I was 2 years old. I would sit in my car seat and sing Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” I have always been inspired by music. I think telling a story with music and dance is one of the most incredible things any actor can do.
SD: What is your responsibly as the shows Dance Captain?
MN: I help teach all choreography to the cast members and make sure they perform them correctly.
SD: What’s the most challenging part about touring?
MN: Being able to create a home life in a hotel room. I always bring pictures of family and friends along with candles so I don’t have that hotel room smell.
SD: What would be your dream project or show to work on?
MN: I love the idea of creating new work. This is my third year with “Christmas Story.” Every year was been a great experience and it always helps when you have a great company to work with. I especially love working on new projects. Being able to create something from nothing is the best.
SD: What are some of the daily habits and disciplines required to become a good dance performer?
MN: Practice, Practice, and more Practice! Making yourself as versatile in all kinds of dance. You need to study everything, because you never know what is going to be required when you go on an audition. It is also good to start lessons early. Most don’t start taking dance lessons until college.
A Christmas Story, The Musical plays at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre Wednesday, November 20 – Sunday, December 8th. For more information, visit www.citicenter.org or call (866) 348-9738.