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Alessia Lupiano stars in Godspell

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As a very outgoing child Alessia Lupiano’s parents signed up her for acting classes when she six years old. Lupiano played a character in "Lord of the Flies."

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“We were ‘fake sleeping on stage’ which helped some of my fellow actors to actually fall asleep,” said Lupiano.

As part of the “Little ’uns,” a cast of six year olds, she was proud not fall asleep as many of the other six-year-old actors did when the curtain rose at 8:00 p.m.

Lupiano continued with her acting classes and added musical theater and then, at age 11, starred as the Mayor of Munchkin City in “The Wizard of Oz.”

“When I started singing at 11 that is when I knew I wanted to pursue musical theater for a career,” said Lupiano.

Her private singing teacher was also playing the part of the Wicked Witch of the West.

“It was always pretty clear to me that this is what I was going to do,” said Lupiano.

Lupiano attended majored in music theatre performance at Canada’s Sheridan College. Lupiano reflected on the time spent there as being some of the most challenging and rewarding years of her life.

“I grew not only as an artist but, as a person and I’ll be forever grateful for my time there,” said Lupiano.

“Following school my first professional show was Cinderella in Cinderella. I did what's referred to as "crashing." I desperately wanted a time to audition but was unable to get one, so I showed up and hoped they would see me. Luckily they did. The experience was pure magic.”

Godspell has been truly a life changing experience. We have become a family and I think it’s rare to have such a close-knit group of people who truly care for and about each other on stage and off (cast, crew, band). Our director always referred to us as athletes as it is an incredibly demanding show. We truly put our heart and soul up there on that stage physically, vocally and mentally. It is really special to get to experience that range of emotion on stage every night,” said Lupiano.

“It is very difficult at times; but it is a thrilling lifestyle. There are a lot of ups and downs. You don’t always have a contract lined up for your next job. But, when I’m on stage its all worth it. It is the joy of live theater and what I get to share with the audience. You never know what is going to happen.”

“In “Godspell,” I get to interact with the audience and that changes every night depending on who is in the audience. It is wonderful to spread this message [love] to so many people. Whether you are religious or not, you can appreciate it. I think the show is purely about love. The love we have for this man [Jesus] and the love he has for us. Love is something that everybody can relate to.”

“When I’m not in a production, I try to make sure I do a little something everyday to keep myself artistically fueled. I do yoga to keep my flexibility, I work through my repertory song book to stay sharp, take a dance class or read a play.”

"I am a homebody but I love being on the road doing the show. The production of “Godspell” started in Ontario, Canada and grew into the national tour for the United States," said Lupiano.

Texas is the last stop on the tour.

"Godspell" starts Tues, Feb. 18 and runs through Mar. 2 at the Winspear Opera House.

Ticket prices start at $30, with prime orchestra seats for most performances priced at $85. Tickets can be purchased online at www.attpac.org/broadway, by phone at 214-880-0202 or in person at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Information Center, 2353 Flora Street. (Monday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Tuesday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.).

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