Relay Dance Collective's upcoming show "Beginnings" will feature triple-threat performer Carly Squires Hutchison. Carly has performed with Seattle Children's Theatre, Wooden O (with Seattle Shakespeare Company), and Village Theatre. A former student in Spectrum Dance Theater's pre-professional Academy program, Carly holds a BFA in Musical Theatre and a Minor in Dance Performance from Central Washington University.
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Q. One of the pieces you're featured in is a 1985 Spectrum Dance Theater piece by SuzAnne Duckworth. What's it been like working with her?
A. Pretty amazing. She was actually my first teacher when I returned to dance in about 3rd grade. I have always enjoyed her spirit and passion for dance and it is an honor to perform her work. I am dancing her part too, so I feel like I'm carrying on a legacy!
Q. You're both a classically trained dancer as well as vocalist. That
must help in the musical theater world!
A. It's true! Being able to dance has helped me tremendously. I started training in dance before I trained as a singer, and, looking back, I wouldn't have done it any other way. It's the number one piece of advice that I give to anyone interested in musical theater: Take dance classes!
Q. Tell me more about growing up at Spectrum Dance Theater and your friendship with RDC co-director Austin Sexton.
A. Austin and I have known each other since we were in the womb. Literally. My mom was taking ballet from her mom while they were both pregnant. We also spent a lot of time near the front desk after class', as we both had to wait a while to get picked up. Both Austin and I have witnessed and experienced a lot of change. We've gone our separate ways from time-to-time, but have always remained friends, and that's awesome!
Q. What was Spectrum's Academy program like?
A. Being in the Academy was a great experience. It really taught me how much time you have to dedicate to dance and gave me a great work ethic in classes and rehearsals. I don't really believe in "marking" through choreography anymore because you don't really gain anything from it. I also gained a TON of knowledge and experience being in class or rehearsal 20+ hours a week, and I can now use that experience in my theatrical life as well.
Q. Tell me a little bit about your time in Central's Musical Theatre program.
A. I didn't really know what to expect from the program going in. I was a transfer student, so I had already taken my general studies classes which meant I took only theater and dance classes during my 3 years at CWU. That part was awesome! I learned a lot about my strengths as a performer and even more about the things I needed and still need to work on to further my career. I also discovered my love for directing as well as my desire to work as a dance captain. But I'll be honest, I am very glad to be out of school so I can work and audition here in Seattle as much as my heart desires.
Q. What's the hardest part about musical theater auditions?
A. Relaxing and being yourself. There is always going to be an element of excitement and anxiousness in an audition and having some of those nerves going is healthy, but it can be very hard to tame them. I have realized that I need to just keep distracting myself and making myself or anybody else laugh. You have to put in the work before the audition, and then just trust that you'll do your job when you get there, and if you've really put in the work, you will! And the other thing to remember is that the people behind the table want you to do well, they are most definitely NOT out to get you, even though it can feel like that sometimes, so have fun!
Q. What are you doing after RDC's beginnings?
A. After Beginnings, I will continue auditioning, working at the front desk at Bocz Salon, and starting in May, I will be swinging "Funny Girl" at Village Theatre. That means I am the understudy for the entire female ensemble, and I am responsible for learning seven different parts.
What are your goals as a performing artist?
A. My goals as an artist are to love the work I'm doing and to pass on my passion to a younger generation. Performing is amazing and I will always want to do it, but I start to feel a void unless I'm also working with kids in some way.
Q. Will you be dancing with RDC in the future? (Say yes!).
A. If my schedule allows I definitely say yes! I have had a such a fun time working with RDC and I really like the atmosphere in rehearsals. Who knows, maybe I'll even want to choreograph sometime!