Evelyn Michaud, 21:
Evelyn grew up on the East Coast and moved to Arizona in 2011. Wanting to continue her love for theater, she actively stayed involved in the theater program at Deer Valley High School until her senior year. Since then, she has received a Bachelor's in Business from Arizona State University and continues to perform as a hobby.
How long have you been performing on stage?
I’ve been doing choir since I was a kid. I started when I was in 3rd grade and did that until my senior year of high school. I had my first play when I was in either 5th or 6th grade and honestly, I don't remember what it was about. Just that it was some fairy tale story and looking back it was just...terrible. However, in middle school, I performed in my first musical and that’s when I fell in love and knew that I wanted to do musical theater going forward. After that, I was always part of a musical until my senior year of high school.
Can you tell us a little bit more about your character in The Drowsy Chaperone?
In The Drowsy Chaperone, I play the role of Janet Van De Graaff. She is an emerging star and she knows it! The essence of her story is that she needs to decide whether she is going to stay on the stage and be a star or give up the stage light to settle down and get married to Robert Martin, a guy she just met, in France. So the question is: Does she stick with the stage that she loves or does she allow herself to live a simpler life for the love of one person?
Why do you like performing in shows at Starlight?
This will be my second show at Starlight and one of my favorite things about performing at Starlight is that, once you become part of a show, you become part of a family. Every show will have its own style and this gives you the opportunity to learn and develop.
How has Starlight helped you grow as a performer?
I’ve grown so much as a performer! One of the biggest things of this show is that I haven’t performed for almost three years and I came back to it as a hobby. I really wanted to take on the role and develop it in my own way. In other performances, that’s something I never got to do before and with this musical, it allows me to develop the character to make it my own. It’s allowed me to really express myself and test my own abilities.
For example, I’ve learned how to belt because of this. Belting was once a fear of mine because I felt like it was going to hurt my voice. The musical director, Eric Gibson, was able to help me put that fear aside and because of that, I’m able to belt now! It was emotional at first because I never believed I could do it until I actually did it! It was a great step forward! Starlight has really helped me grow.
What do you like to do when you're not performing?
A lot of things! I love to read, hang out with friends and write! Writing and journaling is definitely something I’ve done forever.
Is there anything else you would like to say to our readers?
If you love theater or just getting involved, I would say, come see our shows! If you’ve already seen them, then come be in one! There are so many people involved in these shows and Starlight is a great place to get started if you have ever had an interest in theater. Everybody who comes in is welcomed with open arms. It’s a really a place to learn and grow not only as a performer, but as a person.