• Fame

    Brandon Johnson

                    The critically acclaimed film turned TV show turned Broadway musical, Fame,  recently started its national revival tour in Utica NY at the Stanley Theatre. I had the honor of being a part of the show. This is my second year being a part of the youth ambassador program at the Stanley, which allows me to see all of the shows in the season for free as long as I write a review for each one. Through this program, three other students from local schools and I were offered walk-on roles for the performance at the Stanley. This walk-on role was a small part of the show, so we were mostly just extras in a couple of scenes. However, even though it was a small part of the show, I was still able to learn a lot from the experience. When we weren’t on stage, we were backstage and were able to observe what they did and what really happened between scenes. It was surprising to see how relaxed they were backstage, and I think that was mostly due to how close all of the performers were and how comfortable they were with the show. Most of them would also come and talk to us which was really cool to meet them all separately. As for the show, I don’t know much about what happened because we couldn’t see everything onstage and the music could really only be heard from the audience, but I heard the show was pretty good for its first performance. The most important part to me was the advice that the performers gave me, mostly about college, because they have all been through the process that I am going through now. All of their advice was extremely relevant. One of the “teachers” in the show even went to a college that is one of my top choices so it was really cool to hear about her experience and how far she was able to get with her education; her advice was especially valuable. Overall, being able to be a part of this show was a once in a lifetime experience.