The Moon Area High School (MAHS) Drama Club Welcomed professional Broadway actor, Chris Peluso, to host a masterclass session for students on Wednesday, November 28, 2018.
Mr. Peluso spent about 20 minutes answering students’ questions regarding his work as a professional actor on Broadway and in London, and specifically with his role as Sky in Mamma Mia!, which is the club's spring musical.
Peluso did a quick vocal warm up with the group and then students took turns performing their audition song and scene for Mamma Mia! Peluso gave individual feedback to each student who performed.
Peluso's fiancé, Jess Gomez-Ng, also attended and also provided critique and feedback on the performances. Gomez-Ng graduated with a Bachelors in Fine Arts degree in Musical Theater from the University of Michigan, which brought a fresh and contemporary view of auditioning for a show.
Peluso spoke at length about the year he spent on Broadway in Mamma Mia! He reiterated the importance having fun while on stage while also telling this joyful story with heart and imagination. He said that Mamma Mia is a show that can easily become very goofy very quickly, but with hard work, dedication, and stamina, it can become a masterpiece.
"This is an experience that is very unique to Moon Area as many high schools do not get the opportunity to work directly with an actor who performed the show on Broadway," said Drama Club sponsor, Mr. Rob Michael.