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  • BW Baldwin Wallace College

Student Spotlights

Julia Hines

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  1. Class Year

    2016

  2. Major

    Music Theatre

  3. Minor

    Dance

  4. Hometown

    North Kingsville, OH

  5. Biography

    Musical Theatre, along with dance, are forms of art which greatly influence who I am. The adrenaline rush and excitement I get from performing is greater than the feelings I get form any other activity. It has been my intended major for quite some time, primarily because I feel as though it is what I am meant to do. I doubt I could pursue any other career happily. My goal in this field is to be cast in a national tour of a Broadway musical, or to originate a role as a Broadway leading lady. Another option I have considered is testing the West Coast waters as a film or television actress. I am confident that with my current experience, in addition to the knowledge and experiences I plan to gain in college, I will accomplish my goals. Unfortunately as a low income student I worry constantly that I will not have the funds to fuel my lofty college goals and dreams.

    I have been singing and dancing practically since birth, and started focusing more seriously on both in second grade. I began vocal lessons with Kim Godfrey in 2009. Kim, as an alum and experienced vocalist, has helped me tremendously to push limits and reach for my full potential. I never guessed my voice is capable of reaching a high “D” but with the training I am receiving my apprehension is diminishing, and range increasing. I have been in my element on stage for years and been cast in multiple roles from “Dorothy” to “Ariel Moore” “The Sugar Plum Fairy” in The Nutcracker Ballet, but with quality formal training I will learn to bring more complexity and proper technique to my character portrayal. I also have basic piano and trumpet training which I feel will benefit me.

    Singing, acting, and dancing are three of the most prominent aspects of my life, and the fact that one genre of performing encompasses all of these arts makes musical theatre irresistible to me. I hope to be known as a triple threat; similar to Sutton Foster or Charlotte d'Amboise, who cannot only sing like no other, but can dance and act on the same level. To be honest, if theatre did not involve dance, I doubt I would have such a passion for it.

    Dancing is a way I express my emotions without words. At times I feel as though I’m flying when I dance across a stage. Whether it is ballet, hip-hop, or jazz, I live for letting my body take control to illustrate the music.

    Dancing, in collaboration with character portrayal and expressing emotions through song make musical theatre something which an artist such as me cannot live without. I believe that I will be successful in this field due to my competiveness, drive, and fire to entertain audiences along with my growing technique. I truly wish to blossom in college and become a skilled, yet organic performer. No matter where I end up in this career field, I intend to live by and carry out my favorite mantra: “Go big, or go home.”

Questions and answers

Why did you choose to attend Baldwin-Wallace?

I chose Baldwin Wallace University Because of the nationally top ranked Musical Theatre program and not because it was close to home. I spent a week on campus the summer before my senior year of high school in a MT intensive and felt very comfortable and at home. My favorite thing about BW is the students. I have made a lot of friends here in just the first seven weeks and we always have things to do together in our very limited free time. My instructors are great too. I have learned about myself, that I can keep things in my very busy MT schedule running fairly smoothly. I was worried that I was not self-sufficient enough. I do feel overwhelmed and sleep deprived at times, but it is better than I thought it would be. My laundry is done and I have even managed to keep my room neat. I love it here and am very happy with my school. To prospective students I would say, come visit Baldwin Wallace and meet some of the students and faculty, talk to people in admissions and financial aid and just spend some time on campus. It is worth the time and effort.

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