Spotlight on Marie Beld

How long have you been performing on stage? I’ve been performing on stage since I was about 3 or 4. I started by taking dance classes and performing in dance recitals. When I was 8, I joined a children’s choir, and when I was 11 I did my first full length musical, at Spotlight!

What was your first show with Yorba Linda Spotlight? My first show with Spotlight was The Wiz in 2011. I auditioned with my older sister who had just done Spotlight’s last show, Thoroughly Modern Millie. After seeing her in that show I knew I wanted to be in the next one, but I was so nervous at the audition that I forgot all of my lyrics. Fortunately Melissa Staab, the director, sang with me until I remembered them again!

Why do you like performing in shows with Yorba Linda Spotlight? I love performing in shows with Spotlight because of the level of professionalism present and the people involved. The directors and staff are always kind and considerate but also uphold a high standard of professionalism at all times. This spirit translates to the cast. Everyone supports each other and encourages each other to be the best they can be. I always have fun in a Spotlight show and always come out of it learning something new about myself and my craft.

What is your dream role? Some of my dream roles are Ella in Cinderella, Lily in The Secret Garden, and any of the March sisters in Little Women.

Of the roles you’ve played, what has been your favorite? My favorite role that I’ve played is probably a Lead Storyteller in Once on This Island. Once on This Island is a beautiful show and a fun ensemble piece. I sang a small but special solo during Ti Moune’s final monologue. That scene was always emotional and without a doubt my favorite part of the show.

Has Spotlight helped you grow as a performer? If so, how? Spotlight has helped me grow as a performer exponentially. When I was younger, watching the older kids at every rehearsal was like a masterclass. Since then, I’ve learned to always be open to new ideas and never stop growing. Spotlight also taught me how to conduct myself in a professional manner in any situation.

What do you like to do when you’re not performing? At my high school I am very active in both the choral program and theatre department. When I am not at rehearsal I like to spend time with my family and eat delicious desserts.

If you could choose a show for Spotlight to produce, what would it be and why? I would choose She Loves Me. It has a wonderful score and complex characters, and I think it would be lots of fun!

What are your strongest and weakest traits as a performer? My strongest trait as a performer is preparation and organization. My weakest trait as a performer is that I am a perfectionist.

 Of Spotlight’s past shows, which has been your favorite and why? My favorite of Spotlight’s past shows that I’ve done is either Hairspray or Bye Bye Birdie. I got to be in these shows with both of my sisters, so they will always have a special place in my heart.

Anything else you would like to say? Thank you to the Spotlight directors and staff, past and present, for all that you have given me. I am so grateful for my time at Spotlight and all that I have learned. And thank you to my family and all the Spotlight families who do so much to help their children shine on stage.







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