I’m Alyssa Bourke, and I’m a 21 year old college senior who spends the majority of the day singing show tunes in my head.
My theatrical career because because I, like every other little girl between the ages of 8 and 12, wanted to play Little Orphan Annie. My hair was blonde and I hadn’t had a day of acting or voice lessons, but I thought ‘1) That’s what wigs are for, and 2) anyone can sing “The sun will come out tomorrow.”‘
While I waited for my chance to play America’s favorite red-headed orphan, I landed my first role in a community theatre company at the age of 9, playing “Building Block #2” in a musical adaption of The Velveteen Rabbit. I continued with the same community theatre for many years and over 15 shows, including a Tribute to Broadway where I sang Annie’s part in “It’s a Hard Knock Life.” That was good enough for me.
When I was 12, I became completely obsessed with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. I loved the musical so much that when it came time for my 6th grade “science fair,” I chose not to do a scientific experiment, but to instead do my project on the life of Andrew Lloyd Webber, complete with red, satin curtain that opened and closed and the Phantom overture playing in the background. Needless to say, I didn’t win a medal, but people were impressed.
In the 12 years since I began acting, I’ve been involved in over 50 plays and musicals, both in community theater companies and school productions. I’ve played a Judge, a Greaser, a Jewish mother, a proper British lady, and the grandmotherly owner of an ice cream shop, appropriately named “Nana Peel.” I’ve learned how to properly stage fight, and I can still remember the entire dance to “We’re All in This Together” from High School Musical, even though it’s been 8 years since I last performed it.
I’ve met some of my very best friends through various theatre departments. I have a tattoo on my shoulder that is a lyric from a musical. I cry as soon as the overture starts of any kind of professional production that I see. For me, theatre is not just something I enjoy, but an integral part of life.
Currently Rehearsing: Into the Woods auditions!
Last Broadway Show I Saw: If/Then with Idina Menzel