Moon Area students were given a unique opportunity to learn from Broadway and film star, Adam Pascal, during a masterclass session on Friday, November 22, 2019.

Moon Area High School Drama Club sponsor, Mr. Robert Michael, organized the event for any student looking to hear about Pascal’s career in acting and to receive professional coaching.

During the question and answer session, Pascal explained that he didn’t have any formal training prior to joining the cast of RENT and was in a rock band at that time. However, his childhood friend Idina Menzel (Elsa from Frozen) convinced him to try out for a new off-Broadway show, RENT, which launched his career in 2005.

Students inquired whether actors have influence during the production of movies and Broadway shows to which Pascal said the director of RENT, Chris Columbus, allowed the original Broadway cast to have as much input into the film as possible.

As students prepare to audition for the spring musical, Pascal heard vocal performances from participating students and offered his professional feedback and tips for auditioning and performing.

Pascal’s breakthrough role as Roger in the film and Broadway versions of RENT earned him a Tony Award nomination. As he advanced in his career, he worked with Elton John while taking on the role of Radames in Aida and he has also been in movies such as School of Rock, Stepbrothers, Temptation, and Cold Case.


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