From Musical Theater Center to Billy Elliot to Annie
She’s 13, attends Robert Frost Middle School, just starred in MTC’s Annie and, in the past year, performed in over 300 performances on Broadway as a ballet girl in the Tony Award Winning Best Musical Billy Elliot.
Corrieanne talks about the long audition and callback process, “I got the first call 2 years ago, and then I auditioned for one whole year, coming and going from Maryland to NYC. I had 7 callbacks. When I started there were over 2,000 kids – the lines were out the doors. It got smaller as they did all the callbacks”.
The life of a young actress away from home was not always easy, and it wasn’t so glamorous all the time. The move was difficult, “Everything being in such a tight space – our apartment was so small, and it was hard getting used to the air and lack of trees and grass”.
What was a typical day like when she had a show? “I’d get up at 11:00 AM, and do school homework and then do something fun like sightseeing. And then I’d go to the show at 5:00 PM usually, and the show would finish at around 11:00 PM. We always warmed up in the upper lobby”.
Corrieanne tells about Tony night, when Billy Elliot swept the Tonys and won 10 awards, ”We didn’t get to attend the Tony Awards. A few of the ballet girls did. They set up big TVs on the stage of the Imperial Theatre for us.”
What advice would Corrieanne give other young actors, who are considering a career in the theatre? “Always keep practicing, and never give up! … The excitement of going on stage and giving your all, making other people happy, who have paid good money to see it… It’s just thrilling!”