It's tough working on Broadway as a triple threat, but imagine starring and being the Dance Captain for the much awaited, upcoming hit musical SIX. Mallory Maedke is gearing up to make her Broadway debut in March of 2020, and today she talked with us about her top tips on how to kill it in the industry. Learn everything from how to have the perfect audition book to confidence in yourself on and offstage. This, is Mallory Maedke...
Who are ya? Where are ya from?
I’m Mallory and I’m from Chicago!
What is it like being part of Six, one of the most awaited shows of the year?
It’s absolutely incredible! It’s the dream job!
What’s your favorite broadway show?
Hadestown! Still tear up thinking about it after I saw it in October.
How do you come up with the perfect audition songbook?
Your audition book grows with you. Know your strengths, have a few options of what you do best, then add in different styles and ranges of your voice. Nothing is perfect, but your book changes depending on your character type and the work you want to do.
As a dance captain and choreographer, how did you get started in the world of dance? Can you tell us a bit about what it’s like being a dance captain and choreographer, and the responsibilities involved?
Our choreographer is the brilliant Carrie-Anne Ingrouille from the UK. I started dancing when I was 2 1/2 starting with tap, jazz, and gymnastics, then added ballet, modern, lyrical until I fell in love with musical theater which is an array of all styles. Being a Dance Captain requires patience, responsibility, and reliability. I’m in charge of maintaining Carrie-Anne’s vision, making sure everything looks right, that everything is set in the correct style based on what she taught us, etc.
Tell us about your love of musical theatre… What inspires you?
I’m inspired by truth and honesty in someone’s performance. Someone who can just stand there and be raw, or someone who is so in tune with their body they can express fully without speaking. I’m constantly inspired by different things, which is why theater is so exciting. It’s always growing.
If we came to your hometown, what are your five favorite places that you would take us to?
If you are visiting Chicago, and if you can eat Pizza, you should go to Lou Malnatis and Uno Pizzaria. Go shopping on Magnificent Mile/Water Tower. Go to a cubs game at Wrigley Field. Bike along the Lakeshore Path. Go get brunch at Cindy’s Rooftop downtown overlooking The Bean.
What are you most excited about doing the moment you move to NYC for your Broadway debut?
I’m most excited to be surround by new things, and be reunited with a lot of friends over there.
What is something you care deeply about?
My family and friends.
It’s an ideal Saturday; what are your plans?
Biking/kayaking in the morning. Getting a good late breakfast, watch a movie in the afternoon, then go out on a rooftop for dinner.
What’s it like performing? Do you have any pre show rituals?
I make sure I vocally warm up, and that I have physically warmed up as well. I base it off of how I feel that day. And I’ll go through some lines before the show to get in the zone.
What is one thing you believe in?
What is one of the best parts of being part of the musical theatre community?
That there is a place for every person.
How did you get involved in performing/musical theatre?
I danced when I was really young and that transitioned into theater. My first show was The Sound of Music.
Anything else we don’t know about you that you’d like to share?
I play the ukulele and her name is Stella!
Where can people find you?