Spotlight on a Chorus Member -- Kelsey Walston

Posted: 
October 09, 2014

Kelsey Walston is an alumna of the North Carolina Theatre Conservatory and has recently moved to New York City to pursue her dreams as a dancer/actress. NCT’s production will mark Walston’s fourth production of A Chorus Line in the past 2 years. She appeared once as “Connie” and will be performing her third “Bebe” in our production opening next Tuesday, October 14.


(Kelsey Walston, pictured far left, as "Bebe." Photo credit: Curtis Brown)

Kelsey Walston is an alumna of the North Carolina Theatre Conservatory and has recently moved to New York City to pursue her dreams as a dancer/actress. NCT’s production will mark Walston’s fourth production of A Chorus Line in the past 2 years. She appeared once as “Connie” and will be performing her third “Bebe” in our production opening next Tuesday, October 14.


(Kelsey Walston performs in the 2004 production of Ragtime at NCT)

North Carolina Theatre: This will be your 4th time in A Chorus Line. What do you enjoy most about returning to a show or a particular role?

Kelsey Walston: Yes, my fourth time doing this show over the course of two years. The heart of this show is what keeps me coming back each time. I have done a few shows more than once. The exciting thing about working on the same material is being able to experience and feed off of the different cast members and direction to create a whole new production.

NCT: You recently moved to NYC. How has that experience been? What do you like about returning to your hometown for productions?

KW: Moving to NYC has been a major growing experience in many aspects. I have a wonderful supportive roommate, Tara Polhemus (previous NCTC student), who has made the move an easier transition. Being in the city gives me countless opportunities to continue my training. I love living in the city. It has been a good move for me. It is great returning to Raleigh to do a NCT show. I consider the NCT staff family. Not only do they treat their actors well, they care and are the most professional theatre I have ever worked for. Oh, and sleeping in my old room in my old bed is kind of great, too.

NCT: You first appeared with NCT 10 years ago in RAGTIME with Norm Lewis and Julia Murney. What has it been like growing up on the stage?

KW: Can I talk about Norm, for a minute? I have ran into him twice on the subway. We are practically neighbors! One night I was going to dance class and he was going to his show, Phantom of the Opera, to perform the title role. He said to me "dance for me tonight," and I said "Sing for me tonight". He replied, "My angel of music." Let's just say it was the best dance class ever! Ragtime was the pivotal point in my musical theatre career. I realized this is all I want to do. Of course, working with Norm, Julia, Montego Glover, Michael Rupert and the entire cast was an honor.

NCT: How did your time at the NCT Conservatory prepare you for your professional career? What are the most valuable things you took from the program?

KW: First of all, I would not be where I am today without the Conservatory. I loved my time there. It was my second home. Ray, Tito and Heather instilled theatrical etiquette, professionalism and consistency. Their training was the foundation I needed to grow as a performer. They gave me many opportunities to perform, which helped to build my confidence.