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Community Spotlight: Alexandria Bagwell

Community Spotlight: Alexandria Bagwell

One of the main goals for our Theatre Education Community is to help theatre students and professionals from all over connect and identify with each other in order to build resources and support the theatre education field. We plan to shine a spotlight on a different member every other week by conducting a simple interview.

Our latest Spotlight Member is Alexandria Bagwell, a Junior at North Forsyth High School in Cumming, Georgia. Alexandria is an Honor Thespian and Vice President’s List Scholar of Troupe 5368 and a frequent blogger in the Community. I asked Alexandria to answer a few questions for us so we could learn a little more about her.

Photograph via StudentRush.org

Ginny: Why do you believe theatre is important?

Alexandria: Theatre is invaluably important because it offers students a chance to step out of our lives, forget about the problems around us, and be entirely different people. Through theatre, students can find their voice, their inner confidence, and if they are like me- their passion.

Ginny: What is the best theatre-related advice you’ve ever been given?

Alexandria: As cliché as it may sound, I still believe the best advice I’ve been given is that, “there are no small parts, only small actors.” I have quite literally been the lead in shows and the Tree On The Left in others, and there are lessons to be learned from both roles. Some of my best theatre moments were the times I put 110% into being the best ensemble member I could be. 

Ginny: How has theatre involvement helped you in other parts of your life?

Alexandria: When I truly think about it, theatre has been helpful to every aspect of my life. Theatre has given me the self-confidence I have every morning when my feet hit the floor. It has taught me the skills used for public speaking, school presentations, or interviews through eye contact and speaking with a loud and clear voice.  Also, characters in every show I’ve ever performed have taught lessons such as how to handle a failure with grace, following your heart, or forgiveness even when it’s tough.

Ginny: Do you have any hobbies or interests outside of theatre?

Alexandria: Outside of theatre, I love to sing in my school and church choir and volunteer at our local Food and Clothing Bank. I also enjoy camping with my family, playing piano, and writing.

Ginny: What is your favorite part of the day?

Alexandria: The best part of the day is most certainly in the evening, right around 6:00. Depending on the day, I’m either in rehearsal or sitting around the dinner table with my family. Either option is perfectly alright with me!

Ginny: Name something on your bucket list.

Alexandria: I would like to see at least ten musicals on Broadway. Over the past spring break I saw Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and it was phenomenal. One down, nine to go! 

Be sure to keep an eye out for Alexandria’s latest blog, they are always entertaining and often contain useful tips (like how to cure smelly dance shoes). My personal favorite is Dear Pizza, something I think every actor can relate to!  If you enjoyed Alexandria’s interview, add her as a contact in the Community!

Do you know someone who deserves a moment in the Spotlight? Tell me their name and why at gbutsch@schooltheatre.org.

 

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