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ARTIST PROFILE: Dance a strong contender for Broderick’s career

April 5, 2019
By STEVE LESTER - Correspondent (news@lakeplacidnews.com) , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - Morgan Broderick may be a quintuple threat when it comes to performing.

She sings. She dances. She skis. She acts. She plays guitar. She plans to major in some facet of the performing arts this fall at either Gaucher College in Baltimore or Adelphi University on Long island.

The problem for this Northwood School senior is what to decide on as a major with so many talents and abilities from which to choose. At this point, however, it looks as if dancing has the inside track.

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Morgan Broderick
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Considering how demanding, competitive and short a dancer's career is, why choose that?

"I fell in love with dance at an early age. As I got older I fell in love with the process. The studio became a place for me to let everything go to where I could focus on the class at hand. It's very therapeutic," she said. "And I love being onstage. It just lights a fire in me. When the curtain goes up and I hear the music, it overwhelms me with a feeling. I just love to perform."

Broderick gives credit to the instructors she's had at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts School of Ballet and Dance for protecting her against any romanticized delusions of the dance world by preparing her for its harsh realities.

"I feel I've been very well prepared," she said. "Our teachers haven't sugar coated the realities of the field. They've been very honest."

She mentioned in particular the recently retired school director, Terpsie Toon, whose first steady job was with the ballet company for the Radio City Rockettes followed by 14 years of steady musical theater work on national tours and on Broadway.

Toon is known to make tongue-in-cheek references about the success levels of her rehearsals based on the number of dancers who lose their composure as in, "Today's rehearsal went pretty well. I only made two girls cry."

Broderick, however, has never been one of those girls.

With her usual bluntness, Toon commented, "Morgan is a very sweet girl who always smiles when she dances because she loves it so much. When she's in class, she's always completely focused and gives a hundred percent. But that's the problem. She likes doing so many other things just as much that she's not always in class. But I'm sure that will change when she gets to college. She should be very focused there."

Broderick's first major role came at age 12 when she played Clara in the North Country Ballet Ensemble's annual production of "The Nutcracker," which plays in Plattsburgh and Lake Placid after combining resources from both areas.

"It was my second year in 'The Nutcracker,'" Broderick said, "and every rehearsal leading up to the show was very exciting."

Broderick, who today stands at 5 feet, 3 inches tall, played opposite Chandler Gauch, a tall 17-year-old at the time who played Cavalier, the Nutcracker Prince.

"He was great to work with, always super nice and a hard working kid," she said. "He and I would work to make sure we were on the same page with the choreography, but I definitely felt awkward with him being so much bigger and older than me."

Other notable roles Broderick has done in "The Nutcracker" include the Mouse King and a soloist in Candy Cane.

In Northwood School's recent production of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" she played Logainne "Schwartzy" Schwartzandgrunenierre, described on broadwayrose.org as "the youngest and most politically aware speller, often making comments about current political figures."

"When we performed the play, the Brett Kavanaugh hearings were in session. Schwartzy thought that how Judge Kavanaugh acted was absurd. She also thought that the Syrian refugee crisis needed to be fixed so families could reunite," she said.

Broderick began much of her life's training at age 3 when her parents, Tom and Nicole, signed her up for lessons in ballet, skating and skiing. She had the same instructor, Michela Boschetto, for skating and ballet until about 10 years ago when Boschetto moved to New York City. Her departure opened up the ballet school position at the LPCA that Toon filled in 2010 until her retirement last summer.

Broderick's skating activities declined with Boschetto's departure, but she continued to ski and compete until about two years ago and said it helped her development as a dancer.

Last month, she organized Skate It Forward, a charitable hockey tournament at Lake Placid's 1932 arena that raised more than $1,000 for the Ray Pfeiffer Fund, an organization dedicated to assisting September 11th first responders with medical needs not covered by insurance.

She says she's a "history buff" who enjoys writing and contributing to her school newspaper.

"It doesn't mean I'm great at it, but I enjoy it," she cautioned. "And I really enjoy singing and playing the guitar."

Anything else?

"And community service," she said.

That it?

"And acting."

To be a high school senior with the world as your oyster. It looks as if someone is about to have a feast.

 
 

 

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