Chelsea Grace Claiser Talks Musical of Musicals

From the start, The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) has been an incredible experience!  The joy that Tom Quinn and Stephen Casey bring into a room is contagious.  This was apparent during the audition process and proven when rehearsals began.  That joy and excitement grew on our first day of rehearsal. 

As soon as the cast met, we quickly became a cohesive unit.  We were all clearly quirky and funny and brought our own special something to the table.  Obviously, to be a part of this show, one must have a sense of humor and feel free to be outwardly gooftastic!  We all had no-holds-barred attitudes, along with our director Stephen Casey.  This was an advantage during rehearsals because we all loved taking risks with our work.  It definitely helped when we had to dive into the extremely energetic choreography Stephen created for the show.   We also were able to laugh at ourselves when we had done choreography for hours and our brains were feeling a bit oversaturated.  There was no question we hit the ground running the very first rehearsal!

The show consists of five acts and is jam packed with a number of musical theatre styles and references.  What a wonderful challenge as a musical theatre performer?!?  I have to say, that has been one of my favorite aspects of performing the show.  I am fortunate to have the opportunity to give the audience a taste of a number of different characters in the span of approximately an hour and forty minutes!  And what’s even better?  I get to collaborate with some of the most talented actors in the Philadelphia area.  Not to mention, the liveliness that exudes from our director is irreplaceable and one-of-a-kind!   

We opened the show last week and finally having an audience after three weeks of rehearsals was exactly what we needed.  An audience always breathes life into live theatre and makes all of the hard work even more worth it.  There is nothing more satisfying than knowing I am a part of something that brings laughter and enjoyment to so many people.  So, if you happen to be near Montgomery Theater, stop in, see the show, and have a few laughs.  You won’t regret it, because let’s face it, who doesn’t love a good laugh?  

   --Chelsea Grace Claiser (playing June in Musical of Musicals)

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