Five Star Arts brings you a series of brief discussions with members of the independent theatre community prior to the openings of their works this fall. Here is
Laura Young appearing in FORT DICKS the MUSICAL.
Tell us about yourself as an artist.
I’ve been studying music, vocal music, and theater since I was a teenager. I fell in love with the stage at 15 and have never looked back. I have a degree in vocal music from the University of Rhode Island.
I love getting to sing a variety of styles of music and bringing completely new characters to life.
My passion is live theater and I love the entire process – from rehearsals all the way through to bringing the show to life for an audience.
Bringing joy to an audience with theater, especially a comedy, is one of my greatest joys. Words cannot begin to describe how thrilled I am to be performing in Fort Dicks, The Musical for my Off-Broadway debut!
Tell us about your role in FORT DICKS
I’m thrilled to be playing the part of Judy (David’s girlfriend). She is David’s support and encourager through the show and never leaves his side. I’m also excited to be playing the education CO, a line server, and the mail room CO.
I love the story and the characters in the show. There are so many interesting and colorful characters and it’s been fun to see them come to life. Knowing that this is based on a true story really made the show more touching made me love it more. It’s incredible doing an original work and being the first to create the character of Judy.
Share with us your thoughts on independent theater. What is its significance to the skyline of entertainment in NYC?
I think that independent theater is so very important as it gives many writers and performers and musicians the chance to learn, grow, and perform when they might not otherwise have a space to do so. I think that it’s important to continually bring in new talent and ideas to NYC as there is so much out there that is yet to be discovered. I think independent theater encourages artists to continue to create, and share that creation with the world. Music, art, theater, and dance bring people together and this world desperately needs more of this.