Sources inform me that Boston Conservatory senior Chelsea Stock has been cast in the ensemble of the upcoming Disney stage production of The Little Mermaid. She will also understudy the lead role of Ariel.
Of course, everyone at BoCo is thrilled for Chelsea. But I must admit that I get a particular thrill from Chelsea's good fortune: she's the first of my former students to be cast in a Broadway show. I guess that's the opposite of schadenfreude: I'm taking vicarious pleasure in someone else's good fortune.
In other former-students-of-mine news, Hayley Podschun took my Conservatory course a couple of years back, but then left BoCo to appear in the national tour of Hairspray. Well, according to IMDB, Hayley will make her film debut in the upcoming movie version of Hairspray. She's also rumored to be joining the Broadway version sometime soon.
I couldn't be more thrilled for both Hayley and Chelsea. Of course, on some level, I'm holding on to the faint hope that I, in some infinitesimal way, helped to contribute to their incipient success stories. ("Get over yourself, Chris. You only taught them one friggin' course...") But, in truth, these are two very talented young women benefiting from their own gifts and hard work.
Break a leg, guys!