Backstage at DPAC

Backstage at DPAC Podcast

“Disco Donna” Alex Hairston on What Makes Summer: The Donna Summer Musical So Unique

Fayetteville NC native and North Carolina School of the Arts graduate Alex Hairston is coming back to Durham in February to play Disco Donna in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, which will be at DPAC from February 25th to March 1st!  On the show, Alex talks about growing up in North Carolina, how she deals…

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Jeremy Benton and Kelly Sheehan on Playing Phil and Judy in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

Jeremy Benton and Kelly Sheehan have been dancing and singing on stage together for many years. They play Phil and Judy in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, which will be coming to DPAC December 3rd through 8th.  On the show today, Jeremy and Kelly talk about how they got into musical theater, what makes White Christmas…

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A Bronx Tale’s Breia Kelley: Durham Native and 2019 Elon Graduate Has Always Been “Broadway Bound”

Breia Kelley is a Durham native and just graduated from Elon in 2019. And her first job out of college is the national tour of A Bronx Tale, which is coming to DPAC November 5th through 10th.  On the podcast today, Breia talks about how she got her start in acting, why she wrote “Broadway…

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What It’s Like Backstage at DPAC, with Technical Director Josh Anderson

Josh Anderson has been the Technical Director of DPAC since it opened in 2008, and he has some amazing stories to tell (some he can share, and some he can’t) about what goes on backstage.  Find out what it’s like being a technical director, what some of his favorite shows are, who he’s been awestruck…

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Michael Callahan, Dance Captain in Disney’s Aladdin National Tour

Michael Callahan is the Dance Captain, Swing Captain, and understudy for just about every male character for Disney’s Aladdin National Tour! Michael tells us all about his time at Elon, how he got into Aladdin, what life is like in the show, favorite things to do on tour, and his obsessions with coffee, comics, Beyonce,…

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Season 2 Trailer: Backstage at DPAC is Back!

Are you ready for Season 2 of Backstage at DPAC?!?  We have an exciting lineup of guests ready to go, starting Tuesday September 24th!  So be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Pandora, or wherever you listen, and we’ll be in your feed with a new episode soon! Tickets for shows at DPAC…

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6: Behind the Music at DPAC with Wayne Leechford, DPAC Music Coordinator

Wayne Leechford, Music Director at DPAC, is responsible for hiring all of the musicians when concerts, comedy shows, or Broadway tours need them. And sometimes he gets to play in the shows too! Find out how it all works – what shows usually bring their own musicians, how long the contract musicians at DPAC have…

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Danielle Summons from “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”, on her Difficult Journey to Broadway

Like Carole King, Raleigh NC native Danielle Summons’ road to stardom hasn’t always been “some kind of wonderful”. From 2011 to 2017, Danielle struggled finding her place in New York City. But she always new that acting was her calling – and now, she’s in the cast of “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”, which will…

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Jonathan Weir, Jafar in Aladdin, on Playing Some of the Most Hated Disney Characters On Stage

From Scar to Jafar, Jonathan Weir has played some of the most evil and most hated Disney characters! So if he gets booed at the curtain call, he knows he’s done his job well!  We talk to Jonathan today about his early acting experiences, keeping the show fresh after 700+ performances (!!), being the youngest…

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DPAC 2019-2020 Broadway Season Announce Special with Michael James Scott, Tee Boyich, and Jacob Holland

The 2019-2020 Broadway Season at DPAC has been announced, and we’re so excited to share this season of magic with you.  On the podcast today, we have two stars from the shows, Michael James Scott, who plays the Genie in Aladdin on Broadway, and Tee Boyich, original cast member of Mean Girls. Both of them…

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