Where Are They Now?
Bella Muller ('18) - Off and Running at the Weston Playhouse
Did you spend your summer in a beautiful Vermont town, where the 500-seat theatre, nestled close to an actual waterfall, held more people than the actual town?
Bella Muller did.
The recent graduate of the Molloy/CAP21 theatre arts program performed this summer at the well-known Weston Playhouse, where she performed in Anne of Green Gables and West Side Story, in addition to taking part in multiple cabarets following the mainstage shows.
"We said it was like Brigadoon, no one could believe this incredible place really existed," said Muller. "I knew when I first auditioned for them in February that this was a special place."
Muller played multiple roles in Green Gables, including Woman at the Post Office ("so much fun"), and she embraced them all with her usual energy and dedication to character. But her favorite role of the summer was as Velma, a feisty member of the Jets, in West Side Story.
"I was so excited to play that part," Muller said. "And the way I got the role was perfect."
After her original audition in February, Muller was asked to submit a video that would highlight her dance ability, a necessity given the dance-heavy nature of West Side Story. She turned to two of her CAP21 dance instructors - Marilyn D'Honau (who was in the original West Side Story that took Broadway by storm in 1957) and Lori Leshner - who helped her develop the video needed to clinch her spot in West Side Story.
"The training at CAP21 was amazing, and the extra help with my audition is just one example," said Muller. "They stripped me of all my bad habits and really helped me reach my full potential. Don't get me wrong, it's a very hard program, but I'd take all my classes again if I could."
Muller also enjoyed the dual nature of the theatre training in Manhattan and her academic classes on the Rockville Centre campus on Long Island. "It's really the best of both worlds," she said. "You get to have the traditional college experience on a campus, but also the specialized training that you can only get in New York City."
Some of the most important training she received came in her senior year, when she and her fellow actors received extensive training in the business side of theatre. "I really learned how to think of myself as a business and how to better market myself," she said. "There were also some really incredible workshops where we met casting directors, composers and other industry professionals that I am regularly in contact with."
So what's next for Muller? "I've been going to a lot of auditions," she said. "There are a lot of possibilities and I can't wait to take the next step!"