Musical Theatre Major Discusses Summer Job at Waldameer Water World Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Meet Alexandra Schultz
Summer job: Singer/dancer, RWS & Associates
Employer: Waldameer Water World, Erie, Pa.
Major and expected graduation: Musical Theatre, May 2016
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev.
High School: Las Vegas Academy of Performing and Visual Arts
Hobbies: I love reading anything I can get my hands on. I also write poetry and songs, and next year I hope to get a chance to do some directing.
Did Point Park's Downtown Pittsburgh location influence your decision to attend the university?
Absolutely. I visited colleges all over the country during my senior year of high school and I fell in love with Pittsburgh. Point Park's location is absolutely perfect - it's right in the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh and I still feel like I'm getting the real college experience.
Why is your major a good fit for you?
I've never wanted to do anything else other than perform. I love every aspect of theatre - I love that I discover more about myself by learning about other people, their emotions and experiences. Music has always been a part of my life, and I can't see myself being happy making a career out of anything besides performing.
What is your favorite thing about this job?
I perform eight shows a day, six days a week for two months. All of the shows are targeted towards a young audience. It is absolutely exhausting and sometimes the pressure gets to me. But then a kid will come up to me after the show and say how much they loved it, or tell me I sing pretty or give me a hug. Some kids will come to the shows every single day, sit in the front row, and smile the whole time. If I can touch a young person's life in some way, the exhaustion and pressure are absolutely worth it.
Why would you recommend the Conservatory to a prospective student?
I would recommend the Conservatory of Performing Arts to a prospective student because it is such a welcoming, nurturing environment. I have learned so much in my two years here and I know there is so much more to come.
Anything else you would like to add?
Performing, in my opinion, is one of the most challenging things a person can do. It's very easy to become self-absorbed and lose sight of what theatre is really about. This job has taught me so much about why we do this - performers create art to make an impact on the world. This summer has taught me to never take that for granted.