(Windsor, Ontario) - As children most of us simply sang along to musicals, but for Music Theatre Performance student Emma Heidenheim one musical helped determine the rest of her life.
“I was drawn to musical theatre when I saw a performance of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ when I was eight,” said Emma. “The Beast flew up in the air and I was very impressed and knew then and there I wanted in on the magic of theatre. Although, I’ve still yet to fly.”
Emma came to St. Clair College from London, Ontario and is set to graduate in the spring. In April Emma will be starring as Mme Dubonnet in the college’s spring show, ‘The Boy Friend’. She can also be recognized from many other successful college shows, including ‘The Pajama Game’ and last year’s annual winter show, ‘Merry Christmas 1967’. Outside of the classroom, Emma and three other Music Theatre Performance students are lending their talents to the Windsor Symphony Orchestra.
Emma has had a very positive experience at St. Clair College and credits her experience to the teachers and the focus on individual growth.
“I had a moment at the beginning of this year during an audition where I thought I had done my absolute best,” said Emma. “Instructors told me afterwards that this didn’t translate to the audience and encouraged me to dig deeper and set a new standard for myself. This was a huge shift in my training. Since that moment I have gone from feeling like a student, to more like someone who is ready to enter a career.”
Following graduation, Emma is headed to Toronto where she has signed with a talent agency where she might yet get to fly.