In the highly competitive industry of professional theatre, it is sometimes hard to sit back and realize the many bonds and friendships formed by people as they face the trials and tribulations of their career. The friendship between RMTC alum Audrey Cardwell and fellow performer Veronica J. Kuehn has been budding over the last few years and they are teaming up to deliver a night to remember in Broadway Night at the Cabaret opening September 28-30 at the RMTC Cabaret Theatre.
Unlike Audrey, Veronica will be performing with RMTC for the first time. More than that, this will be the New Jersey native’s first adventure into the city of Birmingham and the state of Alabama. Despite the unfamiliar territory, she is ecstatic and flattered to be performing alongside somebody she has grown to call her friend. “Audrey and I met doing two productions of Guys and Dolls. The first time at Asolo Repertory Theatre and again this past summer at the Old Globe in San Diego. In rehearsals, we had so much fun working together. We notice a lot of performers in NYC doing solo shows at venues like 54 Below, but Audrey and I thought it would be even more exciting to put together a show for the two of us. We just have so much respect for each other’s talent and have such a good time onstage together,” stated Kuehn.
Her life in the theatre has certainly had on impact on her since she was a shy seven-year-old participating in community theatre. Kuehn reminisced, “It was a gradual build up. People knew I had a nice voice, but I wasn’t bitten by the bug yet. I was strongly pursuing gymnastics, but when I was twelve I was cast in Annie in the title role. Unfortunately, I broke my arm in gymnastics and I was worried I wasn’t going to play Annie. I would get the opportunity to perform wearing a cast and I realized I was missing gymnastic practices due to the injury and was okay with it. In high school, I was interested in performing theatre professionally and when I realized I could achieve that I wanted to pursue it further.”
Kuehn has tasted success in her endeavors with several regional credits as well as performing on Broadway in Mamma Mia! as Ali and in the Off-Broadway productions of Avenue Q as Kate Monster/Lucy and Clinton The Musical as Monica. This 2017 holiday season she’ll be back at Madison Square Garden, performing in the National Tour of Elf: The Musical (Jovie). Working alongside students of the RMTC Conservatory, Kuehn’s experience is a great opportunity for them to learn under a tremendous performer. “Anything I have learned in the past ten years is that this business is hard. If you really want to pursuit, you have to work as hard as you can to get better with your craft, know who you are, and what is important to you. Just be yourself,” said Kuehn.