Conservatory of Performing Arts

Musical Theatre Major Discusses Summer Job at Waldameer Water World

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Meet Alexandra Schultz

Pictured is Point Park musical theatre student Alexandra Schultz.

Summer job: Singer/dancer, RWS & Associates
Waldameer Water World, Erie, Pa.
Major and expected graduation
: Musical Theatre, May 2016
: Las Vegas, Nev.
High School
: Las Vegas Academy of Performing and Visual Arts
: 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.


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