How do you know TheYaSisters?
I met Maya while reaching out to her to be apart of my 54 Below involving former Broadway “kids”!
What do you do and where are ya from?
I started a production company called “Former Broadway Kids” (soon to be known as “Growing Up Broadway”) and grew up in Jericho, New York, which is out on Long Island. But since I spent so much time in the city, I always try to pass myself off as a city kid.
What show were you in?
I was “The Little Girl” in the original Broadway production of Ragtime from December 1998 until the show closed in January 2000.
How did you get involved in performing?
I started performing when I was really young! I loved (and still love) any and all movies that had music in it. So I would perform out the movies while I watching them. Once I found out that I could actually be on stage, I was hooked! I started voice lessons at 5, acting classes at 7, and started to audition professionally by the time I was 8.
What show that you have done is your favorite and why?
Ragtime will ALWAYS have a special place in my heart for too many reasons to write down. However, the 54 Below shows that I have been producing and singing in for the past year have become so incredibly special to me. Through these shows, I have met so many people who I can know call close friends. There’s a camaraderie that exist between Broadway kids (past and present) because there are very few people who actually understand what it’s like!
Tell us about your 54 Below shows:
I have two series of shows at 54 Below! The first series is “Back to Before” and the premise of that show are adults who were on Broadway (or tour) as kids sing the songs of the roles that
they are right for now. For example, I’ve had several former Young Cosette’s sing “On My Own." So far, I’ve done three “Back to Before” shows. The second show I produce is called “Now and Then”. For that
show, I match a current Broadway kid AND a former Broadway “kid” on a variety of songs. We just did our second “Now and Then” show and because it happened to be on Oscar night, the show was movie themed and everyone sang songs from movies or shows based on movies.
You have a show in less than 24 hours and you’re feeling sick, what do you do?!
This is what I would do in this order: Sleep, steam, sleep, steam, sleep, drink lots of tea and water, and then sleep some more! I swear by this apple cider vinegar tea that is made with apple cider vinegar honey, lemon, and turmeric. Also, oil of oregano works great (once you get past it tasting like gross pizza)!
If you could listen to three songs, what would they be?
This is so hard! I love music and my tastes changes all the time! But at this moment they would be:
1) Basket Case by Green Day
2) Defying Gravity from Wicked
3) Tapestry by Carole King
What are your favorite acting/singing/dancing classes?
My voice lessons with my voice teacher Aaron Hagan is one of my favorite things to do! It’s hard and my brain is usually mush after a lesson, but I love them. I also started taking acting class with Patrick Page through the Patrick Page Studio and have learnt so much about myself as an actor through those classes.
Who inspires you and why?
I’m always inspired by my two sisters, Sam and Cat. Sam is a high school science teacher and I’m in awe of how good she is at her job, how she relates to her students, and is always up to new challenges! My youngest sister, Cat is finishing up her master’s degree in public health. She is one of the hardest working and most passionate people I know. I’m very lucky to be their older sister!
What is one cause you believe in and why?
I’m a huge believer in arts programs in school. It was actually the topic of my college admissions essay when I was applying to schools. I believe that arts programs can really change lives and teach kids skills that have far reaching effects throughout their lives. Study after study shows how performing art and fine art classes benefits kids in almost every other subject and aspect of schools. For me personally, I don’t know what I would have done if I didn’t dedicate 40 minutes a day to sing as part of my high school chorus!
If your best friend could describe you in three adjectives what would they be?
That’s a great question! I actually texted my best friend to ask her and her answer was: Positive, energetic, and easy going!
If you could play any role regardless of age and gender, what would it be? AHH!! SO MANY!! I’m a huge theater nerd and have so many dream roles (most of them I will never play!) I’m going to go with Aaron Burr in Hamilton.
Do you have a good luck ritual before every performance?
What’s really funny is, I’m a superstitious person, but I don’t have any good luck rituals! Lately, I’ve had so much to worry about before a show starts that I don’t really have time to think about myself.
Is there anything else you want to share?
Just be yourself, know there’s no such thing as a bad idea, and everything will always work out in the end!
Where can people find you? (Social media, website, etc.)
Instagram: @darapaigebloomfield (it’s mostly pictures of my dog, Brady) and @formerbroadwaykids
Websites: www.darapaige.com and www.formerbroadwaykids.com