BY Molly Congdon
CLIFTON PARK—Shenendehowa junior Maria Andreoli is a skilled actress who has been greatly shaped by and thrives in the field of musical theater.
“When I was 8 years old I started taking voice lessons and my teachers was like, you should start doing musical theater,” “I was really shy when I was younger and then I started doing theater and it really broke me out of my shell.”
She’s been doing shows ever since and falling more and more in love.
Her favorite role in Shenendehowa musical productions was also her most challenging. “I was Cha-Cha in ‘Grease,’” Andreoli said. “It was a lot of fun, but I don’t take a lot of dance classes so that was challenging having to be a dancing role; it was really good for me.”
Andreoli has lived in Clifton Park her entire life. Her mother, Valerie, works with disabled adults searching for jobs and her father, Bart, is a contractor for a paving company. She also has two older brothers—Bart, 22, and Paul, 21.
Her summers are consumed by the discipline as well; she spent the majority of this past summer at Pace University for a musical theater intensive and also to Berkley for a songwriting workshop. “It was really cool, I learned a lot there,” Andreoli said. “The songwriting workshop was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.”
Pace is currently her top choice; however, she is also extremely passionate about songwriting, which could change the dream-school designation. “I heard that Berkley and Boston Conservatory are merging so if that is a thing then Boston Conservatory will be my top,” Andreoli said. “I want to double major in musical theater and songwriting.”
She has already written several during her 16 years of life. “I play guitar and sing,” Andreoli said. “It’s very folk, pop.”
Her favorite is one that she finished a few days ago titled,” Far From Civilian Life.” “It’s about not wanting to not be with society and go live in nature,” Andreoli said. “One of the lines is, ‘I want to drive a hippie van,’ because I’ve always wanted to do that and drive around the US and perform.”
In ten years she wants to be doing a show on Broadway and then during her free time releasing an album.
Six questions for Maria Andreoli:
Q: What is the number one thing on your bucket list?
A: Travel around in a hippie van!
Q: What is your favorite color?
Q: If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
A: Invisibility; if no one knows you’re there you can be sneaky.
Q:If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be and why?
A: A lion, they are so pretty.
Q:What is one of your worst fears?
Q: What is your favorite book?
A: “The Here and Now.”