Commonwealth Journal


September 20, 2012

A 'Titanic' Opportunity

Kentucky native can be seen in first LCPA show of season, ‘Titanic: The Musical’


Coriell is a native of Lexington, Ky., and attended the School for the Creative and Performing Arts there. Performing is in her blood; Coriell grew up in a musical family, and found herself bitten by the acting bug thanks to a fifth-grade production of “Hello, Dolly!” The marriage of stage and song gave birth to a bright-lights dream for Coriell early on.
“I don’t really remem-ber a time when I didn’t want to be an actor,” she said. “Pretty much everyone in my family plays some kind of musical instrument. It’s important to everybody. I can’t remember a time when we weren’t singing around the piano at Thanksgiving or Christmas.”
In fact, the eight months between “Titanic” and her last performance was the longest Coriell has gone without doing a show. After graduating from UK with a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance, she scrimped and saved her money and moved to New York, an essential move as the city is a hub for acting gigs. 
Despite her Kentucky roots, Coriell adapted to big city life fairly quickly — she’d spent time in New York before and felt relatively comfortable there — though she notes that it takes much longer to get places in the Big Apple, and air conditioning is a luxury, not a given.
“I’ve never been in a town where you didn’t drive everywhere,” she said. “(All the walking) killed my feet.”
Another adjustment: The turn-around for “Titanic” has been short. In college, Coriell would rehearse for a couple of months, then perform a show for about a week. Coriell’s audition for “Titanic,” however was in early August, as she was replacing one of 10 cast members who wouldn’t be going on the tour (the show previously had an eight-performance run in New Jersey). Rehearsals began only about a week ago; there will be only a couple of weeks to get it all down before the two-month tour launches.

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