Student Captivates MSA Stage
By Lindsey Martino
Since the age of 5 years old, Lucy London has commanded the stage. Now, as a sophomore at Novato High School, she has continued to impress audiences with her natural ability. Under the teachings of musical theatre instructor, Rodney Franz, the Marin School of the Arts program has allowed London to expand and cultivate her talents.
London’s bubbly personality is translated to her on-stage performance style. Her character is vibrant and rich, even at first impression. Fellow theatre student, Priana Aquino, praised London’s complexity and unwavering dedication.
“She is wise beyond her years,” Aquino said. “She, to many, just looks like a little girl, but when she is onstage, she embraces this persona that is so professional. She always aspires to do the best that she possibly can and she always delivers.”
London has been widely recognized for her talents even though she is known to be extremely modest about her theatre success. In her first year at MSA, London was awarded bronze for her solo performance at the Lenaea Theatre Festival out of 300 competitors. She sang “Mister Snow” from Carousel, a broadway musical. This is regarded as an extremely challenging song.
In the same competition, London had a lead role in the one-act play, The Mikado, by Gilbert and Sullivan which took home gold for Novato and garnered massive praise for the MSA program.
“She is really truthful. She really inhabits the character. She is also very physical and has had a lot of movement and vocal training.” said MSA theatre teacher Rodney Franz. “She can do some pretty spectacular things.”
London’s fellow theatre students unanimously agree that her greatest gift is her soprano voice. She has had various vocal instructors that have helped her develop a more classical operatic tone. This professional level of vocal training has built the foundation for London’s talents.
“I think I’m less of a talent-based singer,” said London. “Years and years of hard work and practice have brought me to where I am. When I audition, I go for the lead, even if I don’t think I can get it.”
London dedicates about 31 hours to MSA theatre in her average week both in and out of normal school hours. But she still balances her life with hobbies like reading, biking, and thrift-shopping. London’s bold fashion style defies typical modern trends and exemplifies the risk and thrill to her on-stage performance.
London looks forward to a possible theatre career in her future. She has gained massive support for this consideration. Rodney Franz believes that London could certainly prosper in theatre. He does not doubt that it won’t be challenging, but trusts in London’s potential. In addition, fellow theatre student, Julian O’Byrne can envision London being successful in whatever she so chooses.
“I know she is thinking about possibly going into math because she's that smart, but if she wants to, I think she could absolutely go into theater,” O’Byrne said. “She can do whatever she wants. Lucy is one of the most talented people I've ever met.”
London will be playing Miss Jones in the new MSA play, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. The show will run for the first three weekends in November at Novato High School. Tickets can be found online at Brown Paper Tickets. (http://m.bpt.me/event/2642018)