Jimmy Schumacher - Learning to "Just Be There"
On October 27, 2018, Jimmy Schumacher took the stage at the Madison Theatre at Molloy College in the lead role of Guido in "Nine," which opened in 1982 and won the Tony for Best Musical. The role is the culmination of Schumacher's four years in the Molloy/CAP21 music theatre program. "It's a monster of a show," he said, "and I'm so excited to have the opportunity to be a part of it."
Schumacher grew up on Long Island and was torn between coming to Molloy to pursue acting or studying music education at a state school. "When I came to Molloy and found out more about the CAP21 program I just fell in love with it."
The dual nature of the Molloy/CAP21 program - with academic classes in Rockville Centre, Long Island at the Molloy main campus, and the theatrical training in Manhattan - was one of the deciding factors in Schumacher's final decision. "It's just amazing," he said. "I have the best of both worlds. I can easily go home from the main campus if I need to, but I also get this incredible experience at the CAP21 studios in Manhattan."
"The CAP21 teachers are amazing. One of my favorite instructors is Larry Arancio, who I work with in Acting/Scene Study classes. One of the most important things I've learned is to stop trying to do so much and just to simply be there with my acting partner. I'm not sure, but that might be a life lesson as well!"
Schumacher praised the entire musical theatre program, with classes that include acting, voice, and movement and dance. He's currently taking a British acting class that focuses on works that require English accents, such as "The Importance of Being Earnest" and the plays of George Bernard Shaw.
"CAP21 prepares you for everything," Schumacher said. "I'm even taking a hip-hop class right now."
One of his favorite classes is an audition class taught by David Hibbard, a Broadway veteran most recently seen in "Something Rotten." "This class symbolizes the whole program. You find out pretty quickly how prepared you are and what you still need to do if you want to be successful."
Schumacher knows he still has a lot to learn, but he also trusts that the instructors will give him the tools he needs to be successful. "The CAP21 program has given me such incredible training that I have this basic confidence that I can do whatever is needed. I know that this is just the beginning for me, but I really feel prepared for whatever comes next."