Red Mountain Theatre Company opens the doors of its Cabaret Theatre for a night of fun, friendship and creativity with Broadway Night at the Cabaret. This year’s event will star the dynamic and award-winning composer/lyricist team of Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler. They will be busting out tunes from some of their works (June B. Jones, Dear Edwina, Ever After) with the RMTC Conservatory and the cast of RMTC’s upcoming Discovery Theatre production Junie B. Jones The Musical JR.. Abigail Williamson, a Senior at Hewitt-Trussville High School, will be one of the Conservatory members to participate in this unforgettable event. We had the opportunity to speak with this eloquent and phenomenal talent and hear her story:
What ignited your passion for the arts? How long have you been involved with Red Mountain Theatre Company?
I started doing theatre in 5th Grade and later a friend suggested I sign up for Recruit Bootcamp with RMTC. From there, I would continue my relationship with the company by auditioning for and being accepted into the Conservatory.
Is there a particular performance or production that you are most proud of?
I did Godspell in middle school and last year. It’s a nice example of communal activity and effort, it’s very heartfelt. It has great sense of family in it.
Any lessons you have learned over your time at RMTC?
I used to take things super personal if didn’t get something I wanted like a solo. I’ve learned over time and through growth that I have to trust the process and sometimes I am not always going to get what I want. I can’t control everything (laughing). Four years ago, I could not sing in front of people. I was the most nervous, awkward, and shy person. I could not maintain eye contact and could not talk to other kids. Over the years, I have grown confidence and that is the greatest gift that RMTC has given to me.
What is most exciting about being a part of Broadway Night at the Cabaret?
It’s an amazing experience to work with professionals and hear their stories and journeys. Even better, this year we are working with a composer/lyricist team and performing their songs. We get the opportunity to truly understand as a performer what is wanted out of the work by the person that created it.
It’s your Senior Year of High School, what are your plans?
I plan on attending college to receive a degree in Engineering (aiming towards Electrical Engineering). Through my experiences on the electrics crews this summer for Beauty and the Beast and Mamma Mia!, I have opened my eyes to the possibility of earning my Master’s degree in Lighting Design
What make RMTC stand out in Birmingham?
Recently, RMTC has made strides connecting with the community. The Human Rights New Works Festival is a great example on how the organization has been able to draw all kinds of people. Overall, when you come to an RMTC performance there isn’t a division between the audience and the performer, it really feels like a community.
Broadway Night at the Cabaret
September 28 & 29 at 7:30 pm
RMTC Cabaret Theatre
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