When Gabriella Gonzalez ‘18 came to Lausanne as a second-grader, she didn’t know what awaited her.
However, the rising star quickly found her niche.
Gabby, who recently had the opportunity to play her dream role of Elle Woods in the Upper School performance of Legally Blonde the Musical, has forged her way in the Lausanne theater department.
She began taking dance and voice lessons in Lausanne’s after school programs during her Lower School years, and her love for the stage continued to grow. When she was 11, she did her first regional theater production at Playhouse on the Square. After that, she auditioned for the Broadway Artists Alliance, was accepted and began traveling to New York City to work on voice, acting and dance. Her time in the Alliance gave her an opportunity that every actor dreams of, a Broadway audition. Gabby was asked by a casting agent to audition for Broadway’s revival of Annie. Although she didn’t get the part, the experience of auditioning for a Broadway play was one she will never forget.
While attending Lausanne, she has been nominated for numerous High School Musical Theater Awards, gotten to perform at the Orpheum and earned a talent-based scholarship to the prestigious 2016 Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts. She has starred in multiple lead roles both at Lausanne and other regional productions. This past summer she was accepted and attended 2017 Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard and also spent two weeks in Geneva, Switzerland staying on the Nord Anglia Education campus studying theater with kids from across the globe. While there, she studied drama and all of her teachers were either Juilliard faculty or alumni of Juilliard.
Gabby is currently rehearsing for the play, August: Osage County at Theatre Memphis where she will play the supporting role of Jean Fordham. The show will run April 27-May 3. The graduating senior will most likely be attending Emerson College in the fall and plans to major in theater and performance and attend graduate school for speech pathology.
“Lausanne's global environment and challenging course work improved my communication skills and global mindedness as well as made me a self-motivated individual that strives to learn more,” she reflected. “These skills are especially valuable for my continual growth and hopefully future success in theater.”
We can’t wait to see your name in shining lights Gabriella Gonzalez!