Jenny is a Musical Theatre major at American University and is thrilled to be a part of Spring Awakening.
Jenny has most recently played “Olive,” American’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
“John-Michael was our musical director for ‘Spelling Bee,’ and when I heard he was doing Spring Awakening at , I made a tiny plan in my head . I sat there during ‘Spelling Bee’ rehearsals, humming songs from SA when I was around him, hoping he’d hear me and give me audition info. Maybe… asking him would have been a better option haha.”
Jenny attributes her growth in musical theatre to the support of the faculty and her friends in the musical theatre program at American.
“Their support through the entire Spring Awakening process, and the confidence they have instilled in me has made me feel, especially in the past few years, that I am not a background player. I have something to offer, and I need to embrace who I am in theatre more than I allow myself to do.”
“I think getting cast as Wendla, as someone who has been a chorus girl her entire life, is still unreal. ‘Spring Awakening’ has always been my favorite show and when John-Michael called me about playing Wendla, I nearly had a heart attack, The show is so unbelievably moving, daring, edgy, everything. It has that modern relation. ‘Spring Awakening’ speaks to all people, all the time. The characters’ problems are real and reachable, and I am happy if even one person leaves the show thinking and reflecting.”
The entire process has been challenging in the best way possible. From day one, the process has had its ups and downs, but Jenny has been most grateful to be with a cast of people who support her and each other like family.
“I have loved learning from Joshua, Rose and Dejon. Every day, the more the do, the more I am moved by their talent and only hope I can stay on their level! They are all stunning singers/actors and beautiful people. The whole cast, really. Just great. ”