Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Spotlight on Taylor Trensch

Congratulations to Patel Conservatory alum Taylor Trensch who recently joined the cast of the Broadway production of Wicked!
“I had never seen the show,” said Taylor’s father Frank Trensch, a physicist from Temple Terrace, who went to New York over the weekend to watch his son in his first Broadway role. “I was overwhelmed by his performance. After seeing him on that stage, I believe that’s where he belongs.”
A graduate of Blake High School, Taylor supplemented his experience at Blake with musical theater classes at the Patel Conservatory.
“He took advantage of every opportunity he could to improve his skill, and Patel was an important part of that, as well as his teachers at Blake,” said Frank.
While in high school, Taylor stayed active in local theater as well, including the Masque of Temple Terrace, the New Tampa Players and the Salerno Theatre Company. In 2007, he received the most outstanding performer award at the Florida State Thespian Conference.
He went on to study theater at Elon University in North Carolina, and at the end of his sophomore year, landed the role of Moritz in the national tour of Spring Awakening, for which he won the 2009 Denver Post Ovation Award for Best Supporting Actor in a National Touring Production.
Most recently, he played Dwayne Hoover in William Finn and James Lapine's new musical comedy Little Miss Sunshine at La Jolla Playhouse Mandell Weiss Theatre in San Diego.
The director of Wicked had seen Taylor in another audition and offered him the role of Boq, said Frank.
You can see Taylor in Wicked on Broadway from now through April!

(And if you can't get to New York, Wicked returns to the Straz Center in January, 2013!)

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