She finds her voice
Rosary sophomore Allyson San Roman has been dancing since she was 3 years old, and just landed her first professional job with Musical Theatre West playing “Louise” in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel. Her voice teacher suggested she audition for Carousel, so Allyson went just for fun. She was surprised when she got a call-back, and even more excited that she was offered the role of Louise, the daughter of the romantic leads Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan. Allyson said she enjoys musical theatre because she likes to use singing, dancing and acting to tell a story. She commented, “When I just act in a play, I miss using my voice.” She will have a chance to use all three in Carousel, where her role includes a sizeable dance solo, as well as singing and acting.
Her first theatre experience was with Junior Thespian Productions, a Catholic-School based, educational theatre organization which provides young people (ages 5 - high school, and some adults) the opportunity to participate in theatre productions. She has also participated in Tri-School Theatre with Rosary, Connelly, and Servite students. She credits JTP and Tri-School with giving her skills to work with adults in the theatre. “They both taught me to be responsible for myself – to get homework and studying done during breaks, and how to work with a team of adults.”
Carousel runs from March 25 through April 9 at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach. Tickets may be purchased online at www.musical.org.