The first day of class is always an exciting time at Sheridan but third year Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance students got an extra jolt of inspiration to start the new academic year. Broadway star and graduate Scott Campbell dropped by on September 8 to offer words of advice and tales from his time in theatre’s Mecca and on tour.
A member of the Music Theatre Performance Class of 2007, Campbell is starring in Broadway’s Beautiful -The Carole King Musical as Gerry Goffin, Carole King’s partner and musical collaborator. Starring alongside Campbell is 2000 Sheridan graduate Chilina Kennedy who plays the title role of the singer-songwriter.
Campbell spoke to two Sheridan classes at the Oakville campus before flying back to New York in time to take the stage once again as Goffin, a role he has played since September 2014.
As aspiring artists and future stars, the music theatre students were grateful that Campbell took time from his packed schedule to share his experiences firsthand.
“Having Scott Campbell in class was unbelievably inspiring and the perfect way to start the new year,” said Robyn Ord. “His words were insightful, honest and incredibly encouraging to each of us. He provided a great look into the hard but fulfilling work that it takes to sustain an actor’s lifestyle.”
“His words were insightful, honest and incredibly encouraging to each of us. He provided a great look into the hard but fulfilling work that it takes to sustain an actor’s lifestyle” – Robyn Ord
Although Sheridan music theatre students feel very lucky to have instructors with extensive professional experience, said Connor Lucas, “It’s always a real treat to meet someone who is succeeding in the musical theatre business today. Scott Campbell was a font of knowledge for my class.”
The visit from such a top talent also reinforces Sheridan’s rank as a leader in music theatre education, added Ruaridh MacDonald. “It’s clear how relevant and successful the program is when an alumnus speaks to our classes in the morning and leads a Broadway musical that evening.”
For his part, Campbell is thrilled with the worldwide success of Sheridan arts alumni. “I’m really proud of my alma mater. It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to do something you love for a living.”
Campbell, who grew up in Waterloo, Ontario, made his Broadway debut as a swing in Jersey Boys. He also appeared in the national tour of American Idiot.
More: Campbell and Kennedy shared thoughts about their roles in Beautiful earlier this year in Sheridan’s alumni newsletter Ovation Online
Pictured at top of page: Scott Campbell (centre) with Sheridan Musical Theatre – Performance students
Written by: Carol Hill, Editor in the Alumni Department at Sheridan.