Practice, preparation and prayer

With his decision made to stay in school at the Boston Conservatory, 19-year-old Renni Magee originally did not plan on doing any summer musical theater or summer theater at all. His plan was to do a dance intensive summer like he was used to and head back to school in the fall. That all changed when one of his best friends told him about an audition.

“He told me the Muny is having auditions and they’re doing Tarzan,” Magee said. “Of course, I didn’t know what the Muny was at the time and I found out the Muny is one of the U.S.’s largest outdoor theaters, and they do summer seasons.”

Magee explained that if cast in one of the productions within the Muny, or the Municipal Theater Association of St. Louis, an equity card would be awarded to you. An equity card is something that states you are a professional theater actor, it basically puts you into an actor’s union. According to Magee, earning an equity card is hard work and something which usually takes hours and hours of work and years of schooling.
While at school, Magee received the call telling him he got into Tarzan, which has been a dream show for him.

“That was really amazing for me, and on top of that to be able to get my equity cards as a freshman in college, that’s almost unheard of,” Magee said. “Now I’m paying my dues, but I have my equity card and I am a professional theater actor as a sophomore going into school.”

For the full story, see the Thursday, July 24 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.