The theater season has opened for many area schools, offering a varied playbill including: Arsenic and Old Lace (Tower Hill, Concord), The Mousetrap (Cab Calloway), Bad Seed (Sanford), Loves Labour’s Lost (Salesianum), The Lion King (Caravel Academy), The Sound of Music (Ursuline) and Our Town (Brandywine).
Though much talent walks the halls of these and many other local schools, the chance of any of their performers actually making a living “treading the boards” is pretty slim.
That’s what makes the story of Delaware’s own Lyndie Moe so compelling.
Two years ago, Town Square Delaware advised its readers to “keep an eye out for Lyndie Moe, the ultra-talented Cab Calloway junior.” Those that heeded our advice probably saw last month’s review of Lyndie’s performance in the Broadway hit Rent, which just began a national touring production:
“Major kudos go to Lyndie Moe, who shows wonderful comic chops as Maureen Johnson, and whose big voice combines with that of Jasmine Easler, who plays Maureen’s partner Joanne in the show’s most powerful duet, Take Me or Leave Me.”
— September 20, 2017 Tampa Bay Times Review
Rent, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning show, has been described as a “re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème; the account of an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out.”
Lyndie plays Maureen, one of those seven artists. It’s a coveted role (originally played by Idina Menzel) that requires dramatic gravitas, sharp comedic timing, and powerful vocals — a rare combination. Apparently, this combination of skills, and no doubt, her striking good looks, distinguished Lyndie Moe in such a way that she received a callback after her very first professional audition.
This past semester, while pursuing a Fine Arts degree as a freshman at Rider University in New Jersey, Lyndie learned of an open casting call being held in New York City. With no plan other than to get a bit of experience on a professional audition, Lyndie and some friends set out at 3 a.m. to join hundreds of others seeking a part in the 20th anniversary production of one of Broadway’s best known plays.
Though a career on Broadway has always been Lyndie’s ultimate goal, the teenager never imagined that a road trip to the Big Apple would catapult her from university dorm room to professional dressing room.
After the initial, surprising callback — and a half-dozen follow-up callbacks — Lyndie received an e-mail that the show’s producers wanted to meet her in New York.
Having prevailed over a grueling audition process that lasted three months, required winning-over dozens of decision-makers, and included hundreds of other actresses vying for the same part, Lyndie was finally awarded the role.
She joined the cast in June as its youngest member and will be performing as Maureen through the duration of the production’s U.S. (and possibly international) tour.
There may have been some luck in Lyndie landing a plum role after just one professional NYC casting call, but more likely it was the result of the 14 years of performing that preceded it. As early as five years old, she was crooning country tunes with a band that performed at a local theater.
At the age of six, she was performing in Denver, Colorado, singing the National Anthem for the NBA’s Denver Nuggets. She subsequently serenaded fans of the San Antonio Spurs, Philadelphia 76ers and Phillies, and Kansas City Royals.
By the time she was nine, Lyndie had moved to Delaware and was attending Linden Hill Elementary, where she expanded her repertoire to include musical theater, performing in Scrooge the Musical.
For an actress to win a major role in the professional production of a time-honored play on her very first audition is quite special. But then, so are the talents of Lyndie Moe.
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