Major milestone for CNU theater major

Junior Amara Breisch hits a major achievement in the world of theater

Amara Breisch, planned on auditioning for Drew Gasparini, an award-winning musical theater composer, lyricist and singer/songwriter, when he held a workshop at the Ferguson Center. 

Although the junior musical theatre major (with a minor in dance) originally decided against the audition, she ended up being cast as Bonnie in Gasparini’s “We Aren’t Kids Anymore,” an autobiographic song cycle being performed at the Ferguson Center.

In addition, Gasparini surprised Breisch with the opportunity to perform in a concert in New York City. 

The concert was in honor of the re-release of Gasparini’s album “I Could Use A Drink.” The venue was 54 Below, also what is known as “Broadway’s Living Room.”

“It’s very exciting that I got to sing there. 54 Below is a big thing. It’s not only fun, but you know you’ve kind of made it. You’re there,” Breisch said.

Astonishing enough, Breisch held her cool throughout her entire pop- style song. 

Dr. Colin Ruffer, assistant professor of theater, and his wife, Diana, came in support of Briesch. 

Ruffer was Breisch’s vocal instructor. With a pop theater song, such as the one Breisch sang in the concert, her range was shown off extremely well. 

This was a moment that both instructor and performer were proud of. “I was nervous about everyone else that was there because these are all people I look up to. These are all people I’ve watched, but I wasn’t nervous to sing because the song was in my bones,” said Breisch. 

“I will always remember this moment as a turning point for myself. This helped me realize that this business takes hard work, dedication and tough skin, and I’m ready to pursue it,” said Breisch, reflecting on her experience in New York City. 

She was granted an opportunity many would love to have and implemented all of the lessons she learned. 

Christopher Newport University’s ability to form professional connections to benefit the students and help the departments grow professionally is one you will not find elsewhere.

~Caitlyn Bauske, Staff Writer~


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