Spotlight on Emma Alberto

How long have you been performing on stage? I have been performing on stage since I was 3; I did ballet and tap. Later, I started doing jazz and lyrical dance lessons and then I found my love for musical theatre which I’ve been doing ever since!

What was your first show at Yorba Linda Spotlight? My first show at Spotlight was Peter Pan in 2015. I had heard about Yorba Linda Spotlight and how they were having auditions for Peter Pan which sounded so fun. I decided to audition and I am so happy that I did.


Why do you like performing in shows at Yorba Linda Spotlight? I like performing in shows with Yorba Linda Spotlight because everyone creates an amazing bond and it’s so fun for me to do what I love with so many great people. I like being a part of shows because I love to express myself (by singing, dancing, acting, etc.).

What is your dream role? My dream role is probably Galinda in Wicked, Ariel in The Little Mermaid, or Charity Barnum in the Greatest Showman. I love all of these shows and think it would be so fun to be challenged by those roles.

Of the roles you’ve played, which has been your favorite? My favorite role that I’ve played is Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical. I’ve loved learning all the singing and dance numbers in this show! I love that Gertrude is also very unique and quirky; it’s fun to be creative and think of different ways to put a little bit of my personality into the character.

Has Spotlight helped you grow as a performer? If so, how? Yes, Spotlight has helped me to grow as a performer so much. It’s made me feel much more confident in myself and my performing skills as an actress.

What do you like to do when you’re not performing? When I’m not performing, I am involved in ASB at my school and I like to hang out with my friends. I like to go to baseball games (I’m a big Angels fan) and I love going to Disneyland. 🙂

If you could choose a show for Spotlight to produce, what would it be and why? If I could choose a show for Spotlight to produce, it would probably be Bye Bye Birdie. I love that show; the music, the costumes (the 50’s era), and the story! I also think it would be fun if Spotlight produced Grease or The Greatest Showman.

What are your strongest and weakest traits as a performer? As a performer, one of my strong traits is that I can put myself into other people’s shoes which helps me a lot with acting and understanding my role and other’s. I think I have become a stronger singer over the years as well. One of my weak traits is that I don’t always have enough energy when performing on stage which is one thing I really try to work on.

Of Spotlight’s past shows, which was your favorite and why? My favorite Spotlight show that I’ve been in was probably Peter Pan. The cast was so close, we were like a family. The show was just ‘magical’ too! I loved the music, the sets, and how Peter, Wendy, John, and Michael actually got to fly!

Anything else you want to say? I would like to say that I am so grateful for Yorba Linda Spotlight! Each show that I’ve been a part of has a special place in my heart. And even on my bad days, when I’m at rehearsal I am able to forget about everything and just focus on the show & have fun! I couldn’t be more thankful for Spotlight and all the friendships I have made here. 🙂




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