During the week of April 27, the Moon Area High School drama club welcomed Pittsburgh-native and Broadway star, Michael Campayno, to the group's "Virtual Stage Door" initiative. The Virtual Stage Door is a masterclass session that connects aspiring actors, actresses, and stage crew members with professionals in the industry.
Campayno met students virtually during the fall of 2019 as the cast and crew prepared for Frozen Jr. The Frozen Jr. cast found Campayno's advice and insight so valuable that drama club sponsor, Mr. Robert Michael, invited him back to speak with the students again.
Campayno also invited fellow Carnegie Mellon University alumnus and Broadway star, Kyle Selig, to join the masterclass. Selig is known for originating the role of Aaron Samuels in Mean Girls on Broadway. Selig spoke about working directly with Tina Fey and bringing his own unique take on an iconic film role.
Although both actors are currently quarantined in New York City, they are virtually coaching students looking to refine their skills in acting and signing. Even during this challenging time for the arts industry, Campayno and Selig generously donated their time to meet with MAHS students.
"Launching Virtual Stage Door is an amazing way to connect our students to those actors who work we study when building a show and during club meetings," said Mr. Michael. "This also gives our students into a glimpse of the world of working actors."
Next week, students will have the opportunity to meet with an actor who is currently working on the revival of Little Shop of Horrors (LSOH) in New York City. Prior to the mandated school closure, students had spent nearly three months preparing for their rendition of the LSOH.