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!”
Billy Elliot is playing at The Imperial Theatre – 249 West 45th Street, in New York City.
A. Miller says
Having known Corrieanne for 8 years, it always amazes us to see her perform, hear her sing and watch her grow. Best of luck in the years to come!!!
Dawn Crafton says
I just have to say “I told you so”. Having seen Billy Elliott many years ago in London, I knew, absolutely knew, in my heart, you were perfect for this show and you would make it! I had faith in you but it wouldn’t have happened without your own determination and your parents’ love and support! I am happy for your success! Congratulations!
BTW…All of us at DCDC had a wonderful time when we visited you in NYC. Thank you for being so gracious to the whole group. It was exciting for the girls to see a classmate actually dancing on Broadway…almost as exciting as seeing your student perform on Broadway! Well done! We are very proud of you.
The nicest part of having you back home and back in dance class is that you are the same sweet Cori…which just proves you are as beautiful on the inside as the outside!
James McCloe says
Corrieanne – I’ve seen all your performances and you have displayed your talent, dedication, and bubbly personality in each one of them. To see you perform on Broadway was a proud moment! Look forward to seeing what the entertainment world brings your way.
kelly welch says
Cori is an inspiration and a true talent. For as long as I have known her she has always followed her own advise….”Always keep practicing, and never give up!” That is just what she did! Congratulations Cori! You earned it. Your hard work has paid off!
Todd Williams says
The circle is complete. From Annie Warbucks to Broadway and back to Annie. You never cease to WOW me. You have been absolutely amazing in every part that you have taken on and I look forward to seeing you at the Oscars [you know you will].
Jay McCloe says
Cori, what a great “ANNIE” . You’ve been so terrific: Annie Warbucks, The Tempest, Saving Aimee, the Kennedy Center,Billy Elliot and, and, and… We will never get enough of watching you perform. Singing, acting or dancing you’ve got it all. We love you.
Diane Hamilton says
Fabulous interview Joel and Corrieanne. Joel, thanks for coming to see ANNIE and Corrie, thanks for being such a great ANNIE!!
met corrieanne at billy- my daughter was a basllet girl with her! Best of luck- we love you so much & are looking forward to keeping up the friendship!
Nicole Osgood says
Congrats!!! Good luck in everything you do!!!
Adrienne Gant - Odom says
Wow and wow. I had the pleasure of meeting Corrieanne 5years ago; she accompanyed her Father to his office(bring your child to work day) and she had on a pink tu-tu and ballet slippers. I introduced myself to her and then asked her “what do you do?”She did a couple of improvised steps, jazz hands(of course), and gleefully said “I dance!!” I have followed this child since that time in her career and she is AWESOME. Her talent is still evolving and I always tell her parents to “HOLD ON”. Not only does she have a great gift, but she is humble and gracious, a true reflection of becoming a STAR!!!
Nina Helwig says
We saw Corianne perform beautifully in Billy Elliot and she was fantastic! We also loved watching her in the fabulous production of “Annie” at the Musical Theater Center in Rockville this past weekend. Corianne and the rest of the cast did a marvelous job in “Annie” and I look forward to seeing more of her and other shows at the Musical Theater Center!
Erica Land says
Way to go corrieanne! we can’t wait to see what is next! The Land family!
Steven McKnight says
I had the pleasure of seeing Corrieanne both on Broadway in “Billy Elliot” and locally in “Annie.” She is a very talented young lady who is a true triple threat (acting, singing, and dancing). I look forward to following her career. Remember her name–you’ll be seeing it again.
Corrieanne Stein says
Thank you SO much for taking time to interview me — DC Theater Scene’s the BEST — and so are you!!