FOLLOW SPOT ON: BRENNAN
photo cred.- Ali Wonderly Photography

What is your name?

Brennan

What is your dream role? Why?

The Witch from Into the Woods. She has such a fun arc and gets such a wide range of things to do throughout the show.

What is the MOST special of all of your special skills?

My favorite impressions to do are Fran Drescher, Yzma ("The Emperor's New Groove"), and Bernadette Peters.

What was your first big performance opportunity? Tell us about it.

One was being in the closing night ensemble of Kristin Chenoweth's one woman show: Kristin Chenoweth: My Love Letter to Broadway. She specifically asked for students from her alma mater, Oklahoma City University, for her closing night ensemble. I learned a lot that weekend about performing on a Broadway stage. One other experience was in an opera. I performed a role in the opera Dark Sisters by Nico Muhly. He wrote this opera in 2011 and it had only been performed a handful of times. I learned the role completely from scratch and on my own without any recordings. It was such an eye opening experience. We also got to work with Nico Muhly during the production. I had never performed a role for the composer before.

What is your go-to audition outfit? Why?

I have a couple different outfits depending on the audition. But I have a favorite pair of sleek, black, pointed toe booties that make me feel like a Disney Villain, which is pretty empowering.

What role are you completely inappropriate for that you perform superbly in your shower and car?

Sweeney Todd and Coalhouse Walker Jr. from Ragtime.

Favorite dance shoe?

LaDuca

Do you have any sort of ritual before an audition?

I like to do the Wonder Woman pose when I'm on deck.

Where did you train in theatre? How has that affected you?

I trained at Oklahoma City University and graduated with a Bachelor of Music. I chose to attend Oklahoma City University because they offered me a double major of Musical Theatre and Vocal Performance. I ultimately graduated as a Vocal Performance major, but I will never stop performing musical theatre. The classical training I received at Oklahoma City University has taught me how to be versatile and how achieve longevity as a singer. I believe versatility in the arts is an enormous advantage in this business. Never limit yourself to one type of art. There is so much out there for you to do.

Favorite musical?

In the Heights. It changed musical theatre and gave a voice to a community that wasn't represented well enough in theatre.

Favorite straight play?

Titus Andronicus by Shakespeare. I love the power struggle and the constant strive for revenge.

Favorite book?

The Great Gatsby.

Do you have any performers that you admire or look up to? Why?

Carolee Carmello, Lesli Margherita, Bernadette Peters, and Patti LuPone. All of these women are so versatile and have amazing stage presence in everything they do. They are also unapologetically themselves.

Who is your favorite non-theatre music artist?

Lady Gaga. She is an amazing performer who has taken control of her career and has clever music and lyrics.

What keeps you sane offstage?

I stay sane by cooking, practicing yoga, exploring new places, and watching Disney movies.

Worst thing about auditioning?

The waiting after the audition.

Theatre is: 

A way to unite people and inspire creativity.

Where can people find out more about you online?

 

Instagram: @thefrizzydiva

Twitter: @thefrizzydiva

 

 

photo cred.- Ali Wonderly Photography
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