Nathan Johnson sang and danced in his internship at in the role of Donal O’Flaherty in a production of The Pirate Queen at the Hale Centre Theatre.
What was your internship experience?
This internship involved singing, dancing, and acting in the role of Donal O’Flaherty in a production of The Pirate Queen at the Hale Centre Theatre in West Valley, Utah. Hale Centre Theatre is one of the largest and most respected professional community theatres in the country. The Pirate Queen was written by Boublil and Schönberg (the team behind Les Miserables and Miss Saigon), and is centered on Ireland’s struggle for independence from Elizabethan England in the late 1500s.
What was the most useful thing you learned during your internship?
There are so many skills and lessons gained from this internship that no amount of class time could have ever taught me. First off, the connections: I was fortunate to meet and work with several successful theatre professionals in the community that may prove to be valuable sources of information or even employment and collaboration in the future. The rehearsal and onstage experience involved being responsible for learning my part before coming to rehearsal and maintaining a professional attitude and demeanor when at the theatre. The demanding nature of the musical allowed me to have a many one-on-one sessions with both Rob Moffat, the musical director, and Dave Tinney, the artistic director and co-choreographer. These one-on-one sessions were extremely beneficial to my development in this show, but also to my development outside the show as a professional performer.
This internship will benefit me in so many ways in my future schooling and career. I feel so much more confident now approaching any musical theatre audition. I learned a great deal about the business and about the local theatre scene from several conversations with members of the cast and creative team. My acting skills and technical theatre knowledge have greatly improved. My acting resume is more powerful now that it includes a credit with a leading role from a Post-Broadway Regional Premier from a recognizable local theatre. I developed professional and personal relationships that will enrich my life and career. Most of all, I was fortunate to participate in spreading joy in a unique way by doing what I love—it really doesn’t get much better than that.