New Show, New Material, and Demos - Oh My!
June - November 2019
I first worked with the fabulous team of The Imaginary in 2015 when they were getting the new musical on its feet for the first time. It has had many iterations since and I am so happy they invited me back this June for another workshop with potential investors. This was followed by another read-through and re-working of the material a month later in which we all got to collaborate on making the material as sharp as possible. It felt so great to get my creative juices flowing! A few months later they decided to put the music on tape so they could send the demos out for financial backing. I had such a blast recording the back up vocals (in three part harmony with myself) for three of the show's major songs! I am so grateful to Josh Betancourt and Trent Jeffords for the continued opportunity to work on their beautiful, goosebump-raising, heart-warming show. It's one not to be missed - give it a listen!
Demos and more info on the show can be found here.
Returning to a Cole Porter Classic...and to Florida!
Shortly after Hunchback closed, I got on a plane down to Florida where I started working with St. Petersburg Opera Company on Kiss Me, Kate directed and choreographed by Daryl Gray! It's been a wonderful experience so far and I'm so excited for the opportunity to work with my first opera company and with Maestro Mark Sforzini. I've been cast as ensemble and Lois Lane/Bianca cover. So stoked for the challenge! Can't wait to share the stage with all of these talented performers come February 2nd, and so grateful to be soaking up the Florida sun while I can!
More info about SPO can be found at: http://stpeteopera.org
I will be appearing in Brooklyn Irish Dance Company's upcoming production of A Celtic Christmas Story at Theatre 80 St. Marks as their featured female vocalist. Performances are on December 17th and 18th. Tickets sold out before rehearsals even began - but there will be standing room tickets available each night.
I'm excited to be celebrating Christmas while honoring my Irish roots this holiday season!
More info can be found at: https://www.brooklynirishdancecompany.org/a-celtic-christmas-story/
Also check out their Facebook page!
Hunchback's a Hit!
We're having a blast singing this beautiful score and telling this fabulous story out in Long Island six times a week! We're there through December 30th. Come check us out!
Sing the Bells of Notre Dame!
I was recently cast as Ensemble/Soprano 1 in The Argyle Theatre's production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which starts rehearsals this month and runs through the end of the year. It will be the fourth show in this Long Island theatre's inaugural season, and I am ecstatic to be a part of such a fabulous team of people! Evan Pappas will be directing and Debbie Rosche choreographing this epic show. If you're around for the holidays, come check us out in Babylon, NY, right off the LIRR - you will not regret it!
Tickets can be purchased here.
Come hear me sing in NYC!!
Come see the "SUMMERSTUCK: Songs from Shows I Should Have Booked" Cabaret! It's going to be on Saturday, July 14th at 7:30pm at the West End Lounge. Should be a fun night and I'm excited to get to perform in NYC with 17 other extremely talented individuals!
On the Road Again
This fall I will be heading abroad to swing for the 1st World Tour of Jekyll and Hyde with OD Productions. It will be my first time swinging and I am thrilled to get to do it on such a gorgeous show with such an incredibly talented cast - Bradley Dean, Kyle Dean Massey, Diana DeGarmo, and Lindsey Bliven to name a few! We will be touring all over South Korea with the potential of other Asian, European, and National cities from there. I will be covering six tracks in total! David Swan will be directing and Frank Wildhorn consulting - can't wait to get started!
Laner of the Week
As many of you may know, we actors have to have quite a few other sources of income in order to stay afloat during seasons of unemployment. I have been fortunate enough to find side jobs that I absolutely adore. One of my new favorites, Brand Ambassador company Mustard Lane, chose me to be featured as their #LaneroftheWeek this week! It's such an honor to be nominated and I'm beyond grateful for the shout out! I love working with this company and it's staff - some of the most supportive people I know.
Check out my feature here, and feel free to browse around their website and get to know them yourself: https://mustardlane.com/category/laner-of-the-week/
The Devil's Five
September 20 & 27, 2015
I had the pleasure of shooting my first feature film this fall, playing the role of Myra in Manta Ray Production's The Devil's Five. Not only did I get to meet some pretty cool people and witness what goes on behind the scenes of a horror film, but I also got to drive and die on camera. The film should be out in festivals and select theaters next fall!
Check out this blog our director, Terry Wickham, wrote in which he mentions everyone involved: http://wordpress.mantaraypictures.com/category/devils-5-poster/page/7/
Devil's Five Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/devils5movie
Devil's Five Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sati9Lfb_Jg
Back to the 50s
I was recently asked to do some background work for the feature film Indignation starring Logan Lerman, Tracy Letts, and Sarah Gadon coming out next summer. The film takes place in 1951 and is based on the Philip Roth novel. Production toted us out to Long Island where we got to spend the day getting done up in 50s garb and sitting in church pews. I always love being a part of big movie sets - it's a wonderful learning opportunity and a great chance to meet fellow up and coming actors. It should be pretty easy to spot me in the film, as I'm wearing a golden yellow dress!
You can watch the trailer and get your movie tickets here: https://mobile.fandango.com/indignation-190415/movie-times
Ever After Meets the Press
May 7, 2015
Rachael Cast in World Premiere of Ever After
March 20, 2015
Rachael Makes Front Page
October 13, 2014
I was approached by my local paper back in Central New York about doing an interview on my journey so far as an actress and what life was like on the road. It was also a great way to spread the word about the Nice Work tour coming to Utica, NY in the winter - which is the closest we get to my hometown. In no way did I expect to make the front page! It was quite surreal seeing my last name in the headline: Scarr Takes the Stage. And felt like a really cool sense of accomplishment just a few days before my twenty-third birthday.
You can read the article online here:
Teaching a Masterclass
July 21, 2014
I was approached a few months ago about teaching a masterclass at a summer musical theatre camp in my hometown. Naturally I jumped at the opportunity to do so because learning from people older than me has been such an important part of my journey. I was always the type of kid growing up to just light up when we had a guest speaker who was doing what I wanted to do. I would ask a million questions and listen intently the whole time. Even now, I love learning from my older and more experienced castmates in any show I do because they always have such a wise view on the business. This morning I got to perform three of my favorite songs for the kids, tell them a little bit about my background and training and love of musical theatre, answer some of their questions, and teach them a little bit about auditioning and the professional world of acting. It was a blast and they were such a lovely audience. It's such a joy encouraging kids to follow their hearts!
More info on the camp can be found on their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GleeMusicalTheaterCamp
BABY'S FIRST TOUR!!!!
April 11, 2014
I will be going out on tour this fall with one of my favorite shows, Nice Work If You Can Get It. This will be the first time the show has been produced since closing on Broadway last year with Matthew Broderick. I will be playing the role of Eileen Evergreen - Jimmy's fiance and self-proclaimed "finest interpreter of modern dance in the world". The role was originated by Jennifer Laura Thompson. I could not be more excited to travel the country doing what I love to do - it will be a dream come true for sure. Nice Work is set in the 1920s and features music by George and Ira Gershwin. What more could you want? Our production will be directed and choreographed by David Eggers - assoc. dir/choreo to Kathleen Marshall on the original production.
Make sure you come check us out! Coming to a city near you Fall 2014 through Spring 2015.
More show information (including the schedule) can be found at:
Returning to the Go-Round!
April 1, 2014
I am thrilled to be returning to Merry-Go-Round Playhouse again this summer to perform in their production of Mary Poppins as an ensemble member. This will be my eighth show with them and it is truly a blessing being a part of the MGR family. I am very much looking forward "stepping in time" with some of the most talented actors, singers, and dancers in the biz. What a wonderful summer it will be! AND for something extra special this summer, after we close the show in Auburn, we'll be running for a week at the Kodak Theatre in Rochester. How fun!
More information, including the performance scheulde, can be found at:
To Florida for the Winter
October 16, 2013
I am very excited to announce that I will be heading down south for a few months to the warm, sunny beaches of Sarasota, Florida where I will be dancing and singing (and laughing) in Monty Python's Spamalot at Florida Studio Theatre. I could not be more thrilled to be starting rehearsals for my second show post-graduation so soon - what a whirlwind! I look forward to working on such a hilarious show with one of my all-time favorite choreographers and teachers, Lori Leshner. Dancing her choreography on stage every night will be a blessing. And I look forward to meeting so many new people and exploring a new town!
Check out the cast bios below:
Rachael has an agent!
June 7, 2013
After a month and a half of deliberation and meetings post-showcase, I have finally signed with a New York Talent Agent! Picking the perfect agency for you is a very important step in an artist's career - many of my teachers relate it to dating. I am blessed to have found Lisa Price from The Price Group. We had an instant connection and both share an intense passion for our careers and this business. I am excited for the relationship to grow and to see where this next step takes me on my journey. I am signed with The Price Group "across the board" - theatrical, television, film, radio, and commercial work.
Check out the link below for recent client news:
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Merry-Go-Round Playhouse 2013
I will be returning to the lovely town of Auburn this summer for my first acting job post-graduation! Doug Hall will be directing Gentlemen Prefer Blondes at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse and Lori Leshner will be choreographing. I am beyond thrilled to be working with these two again as they are true geniuses of the theatre. I will be dancing and singing in the ensemble of this spectacular 1949 musical that was adapted to the screen in 1953, as well as understudying the lead role of Lorelei (the role played by Marilyn Monroe in the film). Merry-Go-Round is a wonderful community to be a part of and I am very excited to be returning for my third summer. For schedule and ticket information, check out the link below.
2013 Spring Industry Showcase
NYU Tisch CAP21
The last semester of my senior year at NYU has been spent prepping for what's to come post-graduation. I have entitled it my "transition" semester. No longer bogged down by the academics of research papers and weekly assignments, I was able to focus all of my energy on the Practicum curriculum at Cap21, which is designed to help us become aware of who we are as artists and where we fit in to this crazy world of show business. We did a lot of fine-tuning on our songs and monologues as they are the material with which we choose to represent ourselves, and we were given the opportunity to learn lots of material in a short amount of time - a skill that is invaluable in this business. We spent the second half of the semester finding material and rehearsing for Showcase. Showcase is a unique type of show in which each individual has a few minutes to introduce who they are and what they do to an audience of industry professionals. It's an introduction to the world. Here we are. We are eager and ready to work. Our performances took place from April 20-24 and they all went exceptionally well! I couldn't have asked for a better group of artists to share the stage with, nor a better creative team.
London - Fall 2012
During the fall semester of my senior year at NYU, I studied abroad in the heart of London. I took a variety of classes including philosophy, British politics and culture, and Shakespeare, and got to see a whole bunch of theatre on and off the West End. Not only did I explore London and all of its wonders, but I also ventured to numerous other countries including Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France, The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Germany, and Croatia. It was a truly life-changing experience and I was able to grow so much as an individual and as an artist. I kept a blog while I was away that is chalk full of photos, poems, memories, and lessons learned. Feel free to check it out!
Article in The Citizen
July 29, 2012
Last summer I was interviewed by the local Auburn newspaper while working at Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. Check out the online article here:
Article in the Skaneateles Journal
July 22, 2012
While working at Merry-Go-Round Playhouse that summer, my hometown newspaper decided to do an article as well. Check it out online here:
Eagle News Article
November 29, 2011
Here's article that appeared in the Eagle News after I had participated in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: