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Actor Spotlight: Allie Welch

Allie learned about ArtStream in October 2015 when she attended a Fairfax, VA transition fair. She signed up for a Super Social Saturday workshop first, then participated in one of the ArtStream classes at George Mason University. When she got the opportunity to audition for ArtStream Cabaret in 2018, she jumped right in! Allie is a 22-year-old student at George Mason University.

ArtStream (AS): When did you get interested in musical theatre?

Allie: When I was a little girl, I always wanted to perform. I got to be in a small theatre group in my neighborhood and to perform in school musicals. After I finished high school we looked and looked for places to perform. I practiced by performing for my family. I tried out for community theatres but they didn’t accept me.

I am so glad we found ArtStream.  I am proud of being an ArtStream performer. I love performing on stage. It makes me super-excited, happy and proud.

AS: How does music make you feel?

Allie: I love music, it makes me happy. If I’m having a bad day I sing or listen to music and I feel better. I learned to read by listening to music and looking at the words in the song books.

I also like dancing, especially tap. I performed a tap dance to Happy (by Pharrell Williams) in my first Cabaret performance.

AS: What do you like about performing in the ArtStream Cabaret?

Allie: At Cabaret I get to choose my songs. I learn new things. I’ve gotten better at singing and dancing. I learned how to sing better by lifting up my voice. This season I get to dance with a prop. It’s a broom for It’s a Hard Knock Life (by Martin Charnin and Charles Strouse). I will also tap dance and sing New York, New York (by John Kander and Fred Ebb).

At Cabaret the actors are my friends. They are fun to work with. It’s more fun performing with others because we work together. I can’t wait to go to rehearsals. I’m never too tired for ArtStream!

I am super excited about performing at Signature Theatre! When I walked in the first time I thought “Wow! I can’t believe I’m here!”

I especially like when the audience participates with clapping or moving with the music. It’s more fun that way.

AS: Do you get nervous on stage?

Allie: I was crying on the drive to my first show, and then when I got on stage I wasn’t scared any more.  I felt proud afterwards. No more tears! Now I’m not nervous on stage. I feel more confident everywhere I go.

AS: What would you tell someone who is considering trying ArtStream?

Allie: ArtStream makes me happy. I think it will make you happy. I feel excited and proud when I perform on stage. Come and see the ArtStream Cabaret on November 4, 2019 at Signature Theatre.

AS: What are your plans for the future?

Allie: Now that I am getting to perform with ArtStream, I think the sky’s the limit! When I am listening to a musical, I think “we could sing this song at the next Cabaret.” Now I won’t be afraid if I go on America’s Got Talent.

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