Day in the Life: Kerry Candeloro

By Bryna Shuman, Staff Writer

Courtesy of Kerry Candeloro


Anyone familiar with musical theater is fully aware of how time-consuming it can be — participating in one show alone is a taxing time commitment. But Gallatin sophomore and self-proclaimed musical theater junkie Kerry Candeloro manages to study speech pathology, theater and sociolinguistics and devote most of her day to the art.

8 a.m. | Candeloro is up bright and early to start her day by rushing tickets for a Broadway show, which she does successfully. Candeloro has had a passion for musical theater ever since seeing a production of “Cinderella” when she was 9-years-old.

“It was my first show, and I’ve known ever since that that’s what I wanted to do,” Candeloro said. “My dream job is to be an accent coach for actors.”

10 a.m. | Candeloro interns at the Broadway Dreams Foundation, a national nonprofit musical theater training organization. Students of all ages learn from various Broadway actors and directors. As an intern, Candeloro helps with the organization and promotion of upcoming events. The hard work she does with the foundation has paid off before. This past summer, Candeloro was invited to provide backup vocals for Broadway Dreams Foundation’s artist in residence, Joey Contreras, on his latest album.

1 p.m. | After grabbing a white pizza at Kimmel for lunch, Candeloro heads to a meeting for Gallatin Theatre Troupe, of which she is an active member. The troupe is a student-run organization geared to help students interested in theater production.

3:30 p.m. | Candeloro rushes to class once her meeting wraps up. Her favorite class this semester is an honors seminar she is taking through CAS, which examines how art and the brain interact by looking at various art forms, from acrobats to hospital clowns, and relating them to neuroscience.

5 p.m. | Candeloro, who has been cast as Rosencrantz in the Performing Arts Faculty of Gallatin’s upcoming production of “Hamlet,” attends rehearsal in the evening. Rehearsals for the show have just begun, and the cast is still spending a lot of time becoming familiar with the text. Candeloro auditioned completely on a whim and without any advanced preparation, but said that Shakespeare comes naturally to her.

“In high school, I had the opportunity to see ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace,” Candeloro said. “Ever since then, I’ve really enjoyed Shakespeare. ‘Hamlet’ is one of my favorites, so it’s an honor to be a part of this production.”

9 p.m. | Candeloro catches a performance of “First Date,” a Broadway musical, and take pictures with star Zachary Levi at the stage door. A late dinner at Shake Shack of shack burgers, fries and a vanilla milkshake marks the perfect end to a busy day.

A version of this article appeared in the Thursday, Oct. 3 print edition. Bryna Shuman is a staff writer. Email her at [email protected]