Denver School of the Arts’ graduate, Nicole Seefried, received the inaugural Bobby G Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role on Thursday, May 30, 2013 in the Seawell Grand Ballroom. As part of this honor, Nicole will travel to New York this summer to represent Colorado in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards at the Minskoff Theatre. We caught up with Nicole before she left for The Big Apple.
DCPA: Do you have a favorite role? Favorite musical?
NS: Kate was definitely my favorite role I have played, since she was such a challenge and got me into puppetry (which, being the dork I am, I fell in love with). Avenue Q is also probably my favorite musical I have done, other than Honk Jr. my 6th grade year at Graland [Country Day School], because who doesn’t love to be a duck?
DCPA: To whom do you credit your current success?
NS: Ms. [Shawn] Hann, Candy Brown, Ryan Durfee and Cory Gilstrap for pushing me so hard during Avenue Q. Mr. [Brandon] Becker for helping me during auditions to hit the crazy high notes. Mom and Dad and the sibs for support and putting up with my talking with my hand for a solid two months. And of course The Denver Center [for the Performing Arts] for making this all happen and recognizing high school theatre.
DCPA: Looking ahead to the National High School Musical Theater Awards competition in July, what are your thoughts?
NS: I’m nervous but ecstatic. It is going to be a crazy and intense couple of days, but I’m so jazzed to meet and work with so many new people!
DCPA: After your participation in the National High School Musical Theater Awards competition, what’s next? How does theatre play a role in your future?
NS: This fall I will head off to Villanova University in Pennsylvania to double major in English and education. This semester I have definitely had some doubts about my decision not to major in theatre. However, my reasoning behind majoring in English and education is that many theatre teachers are hired through the English department of schools. I plan to participate in as much student theatre as possible and take theatre classes so that I can stay involved and hopefully teach theatre in the future.
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