There’s the old saying, “you can never come home again,” but nothing could be farther from the truth for performer Audrey Cardwell as she prepares for her return to her RMTC family in Broadway Night at the Cabaret running September 28-30 at the RMTC Cabaret Theatre.
The journey of Cardwell’s career began in 2003 at RMTC with her being cast in Footloose, and she continued to build that relationship over the years. “I was involved in workshops every year and summer productions. It was an integral part of my training, my life, and my main focus.” When asked about what she learned from her time with RMTC, Cardwell mentioned,” I still have Keith’s voice in my head. The most valuable lesson I learned was the importance of diligence, hard work, and patience. I carry that with me daily.”
Those lessons have paid off well for her as she has been working all over the country in productions of Guys and Dolls (The Old Globe and Asolo Repertory Theatre) and the National Tours of Cinderella, Elf: The Musical, and Anything Goes. She also was recently cast in the L.A. premiere of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s Bright Star. It is these experiences and lessons that will be incredibly valuable as she will be performing alongside members of the RMTC Conservatory.
“I get so emotional thinking about it and I imagine being in the cabaret,” said Cardwell. “I’ve had so many memories auditioning and performing there. It’s kind of crazy because there is this new group of kids. I am so excited about it all.”
In the end, Cardwell hopes that the audience can take away what RMTC can do for the community. “There are many so great people that come from the program and it really the shows the incredible work of Keith and the amount of support that is provided from so many wonderful patrons in the community.”