The Insider: Setting the stage for an actor’s career

June 11, 2012 5:43 AM


Listen carefully as you pass through the Tulane uptown campus on Thursday, Aug. 2. That’s not the pulsating chords of Gwen Stefani’s “Rich Girl” blasting from The Boot — it’s the voice of veteran stage professional Randy Cheramie as Tevye in the opening night of Fiddler on the Roof staged by the Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane University.

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Housed within the Newcomb Music Department, Summer Lyric Theatre gives students — musical theater majors and non-majors alike — the opportunity to rehearse and perform alongside both professional stage actors and members of the community.

Many students have opted to stay in New Orleans this summer to take the Summer Lyric Theatre stage; they can earn points for their Actors’ Equity Association cards. Once they earn 50 points, cardholders may have greater ease of access to professional auditions. Tulane students who are here this summer will play four of Tevye’s daughters.

“It’s open to the public,” says 2012 graduate Ryan Jones, who majored in musical theater and plays Avram the bookseller in Fiddler. “You could be in high school and participate or be a 45-year-old lawyer and do it. That’s what’s kind of cool about it; you don’t have to be in Tulane [to be cast].”

Summer season actors certainly earn their chops in memorization — rehearsals are only two and a half weeks long, and vets contribute to three shows in three months. This year’s season features Sunset Boulevard in June, Anything Goes in July and Fiddler on the Roof in August.

“I can’t wait to take what I’ve learned from here to Broadway and use that in a professional setting,” says Jones, who is Broadway bound.

From The Insider to Jones and the other cast members: mazel tov!

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