Artist of the Week: Micah Anthony
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English major/theatre minor Micah Anthony from Granada Hills, CA has many artistic talents, including playwriting, directing, and acting, but next weekend, his singing talents will be on display in Westmont’s upcoming opera Die Fledermaus. Anthony grew up singing almost from birth, participating in choirs throughout most of his life, including his time at Westmont.
Anthony currently sings in both the College Choir and the Chamber Singers, and finds a lot of his interests coalescing in vocal performance. “There’s something about song that combines a lot of things I love,” he says, “You can get poetry from the lyrics, emotional performance from the singers, and beautiful melodies and harmonies.”
His interdisciplinary affection for music also shows in one of his favorite musical genres: showtunes, which by nature encompass both storytelling and song. “Of course I love music from all the classic musicals: Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Wicked, Sweeney Todd, etc,” Anthony says, “I also shamelessly love Hamilton.”
Anthony doesn’t just love showtunes; he also has experience performing them, having played in Beauty and the Beast, My Fair Lady, and The Sound of Music in high school, as well as singing in both Dido and Aeneas at Westmont in spring of 2016 and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui last fall, though the former was opera and the latter, jazz standards.
“Lumiere was my favorite high school role,” Anthony says, “Singing “Be Our Guest” was a highlight of the show. It’s a song that everyone knows, and I got to really play the audience a lot, which was super fun.”
In Die Fledermaus, Anthony will be singing something of a different role from the crowd-playing Lumiere; he stars as Frank, “a very serious prison warden” who is tasked with “arresting another character for a minor offense, but when he shows up to do it, arrests the wrong man,” a scenario which will undoubtedly create plot complications in the comedic opera.
Whether the emotion is laughter, joy, sadness, or anything else, Anthony appreciates the emotion that music can elicit. “It’s one of the most emotionally affective art forms, in my opinion,” he says, “It’s a significant source of joy in my life to be able to create such beautiful art.”
Anthony anticipates singing in some capacity for the rest of his life, saying that “singing and acting are too big a part of [his] life to just leave behind.” After graduation, he plans to get a teaching credential and go on to teach high school level English. “I don’t know where singing and theatre fit into that exactly, but I know they have to be present,” he says.
For now, with graduation still a few months off, Anthony keeps himself more than busy between opera rehearsals, writing two original plays as well as directing for the Fringe, and running a podcast called The Launch Sequence he started alongside his roommate Andrew Olson about their experience as graduating college students.
You can catch Anthony singing and acting in Die Fledermaus on March 2 and 4 at the New Vic Theatre, as well as casting actors for his Fringe pieces at the Fringe auditions on March 5.