On this episode of Going for Broadway, Kristine Reese joins Eryn. Even though she had a late start in the business, Kristine is a graduate off the University of Cincinnati with a BFA in Musical Theatre College Conservatory of Music. She was in both the first and second national Tours of Wicked as a swing, but was quickly put in the role of Nessarose, a role which she played over 1000 times! Kristine was also in the second national tour of Mamma Mia! in the ensemble and as the understudy for Sophie. Recently, she starred as Catherine in Pippin in the original cast of the first national tour… which I saw and she was awesome! On Broadway, she was in the ensemble of Les Mis. Aside from tours and Broadway, a major part of her career includes concerts with multiple symphonies and orchestras as a featured soloist.
For the first part of this episode, Kristine and Eryn talk a lot about her education at the University of Cincinnati. She talks about the intense classes and how her skill has been developed over the course of her study.
Later, Kristine talks about her work in the professional field through tours, Broadway, and her singing career.
Kristine’s main piece of advice would be to go to school. She believes that an education would be the best way to prepare and hone the craft of an aspiring actor. Go to school and learn everything that you can in order to be the best person you can be alongside being the best actor you can be. There’s a lot more that goes on than just on stage, the world around you needs those skills from an education.
2:15- Did you know at a young age that you wanted to be an actor?
3:29- So why the University of Cincinnati for your BFA in Musical Theatre? I understand they work on singing, acting and dance equally? The program sounds very intense!
5:47- How would you compare your skills when you first started CCM versus your skills when you graduated from the program?
7:33- Do you think that one should invest four years of study at University, developing and improving their craft?
9:09- The CCM Program ends with all the seniors going to New York City for a Senior Showcase presented for agents and casting directors in Chicago and New York City…
11:17- Take me through the time line of starting your career!
12:57- Kristine and Eryn talk about touring with Wicked TWICE. At what point, what, around the 500 to 600th performances, did you start to think that you were her? Is it a challenge to be fresh and authentic after so many performances?
16:39- But, you finally left that show…why was that…was it just time to move on?
18:00- When you were in the tour of “Mamma Mia!’’ you understudied Sophie…
20:36- What is it like touring nationally?
22:16- Obviously, one of your strongest weapons is your ability to sing…you received the Luarie Beechman Award for Vocal Achievement at CCM…a major part of your repertoire are concerts with Orchestras…is this a niche that has always been out there or is it something that you have created?
24:27- With all of your training and experience and performing almost every day… do you still do workshops and take voice lessons…how do you stay sharp?
25:00- What advice would you give to aspiring young actors or for the parents of these actors in helping them reach their goals in acting and potentially being on Broadway or touring?