Kyle Fiorelli spent the first half of the 2000’s acting and directing with Limelight. She tackled some Shakespeare and sang and danced her way through many a musical. Kyle is a talented and engaging performer who continued to be a part of theater through college, adulthood, and into her professional life as an educator.
Here is what Kyle has to say about her years in Limelight:
What year(s) did you participate in Limelight? If you are a current Limelighter, you can list your first year-present.
What was your first show?
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
What is your favorite show that you did or part that you played with Limelight?
Rose in Bye Bye Birdie
How were you involved (acting/writing/tech)?
Acting and directing
Most memorable Limelight experience?
I would have to say that my most memorable experience was being able to musical direct Beauty and the Beast in 2006. Not only was it a magical show, my 2 best friends were in the cast. It was the most fun summer job I’ve ever had.
What is something you learned from Limelight?
I learned so much from Limelight. It was my first experience on the directorial side of theatre and I took a lot of that knowledge with me to my current directorial position. Limelight taught me how collaborative theatre needs to be and all the ways I could be involved in the process.
What does Limelight mean to you?
My time at Limelight will always be that rose colored memory I can look back on. It was one of the best parts of my high school years and I will always remember moments backstage of quietly goofing off with my friends and sharing the stage with still some of the most talented and wonderful people I’ve ever worked with. I am delighted to see how Limelight has grown and continues to inspire young thespians.
What are you doing now? How did Limelight help prepare you for that?
Currently I am teaching K-4 special education, as well as running our school’s Drama Club. I never would’ve felt prepared to start at Drama Club at my school without the guidance of my time at Limelight. I learned so much from my time directing there that it gave me the confidence to start something from scratch so I could carry the tradition of introducing kids to the wonderful world of theatre!
What is your advice for other theater artists?
My advice is to get involved in any way you can. If you’ve only been involved onstage, check out what’s going on backstage, in the light booth, or in the costume shop. Theatre is a collaboration.