Jessica Humphrey returns to Casa Mañana for Annie, November 2-10.
Starting in the spotlight as a ballet dancer and taking voice lessons, her main performances were at the local theatre and church. Eventually, Jessica graduated to train more intensely in musical theatre. This influenced her to study of musical theatre in college and graduate school, at San Diego State University. Jessica is now part of the Theatre faculty at Texas Christian University. Go Frogs!
Annie brings her back to Casa, where she was previously in The Wizard of Oz, as part of the ensemble. Warming up for performances is always different for Jessica, depending on the show, “Sometimes I spend a lot of time focusing on my makeup, sometimes it’s connecting with castmates before getting into costume, etc.”
Jessica is drawn her character, Mrs. Pugh, “I do love Mrs. Pugh because she is very welcome to Annie. I just moved to Texas from NYC, so it’s exciting to get to play a citizen from one of my very favorite cities.” We’re so glad to have talent like Jessica in Texas, but especially in Fort Worth.
When asked what her favorite show is, Jessica speaks fondly of Cabaret. “Fosse choreography, Kander and Ebb music, complex characters with a deep, dark storyline – what could be better?” What can we say, we agree!
She has been in numerous productions, and highlights the following as some favorites of her career: “Peter,” Peter Pan, “Annie,” Annie Get Your Gun, “Rumpleteazer,” Cats and most recently was The Wizard of Oz, at Casa Mañana.
She offers some useful advice for aspiring actors, “Take your training seriously. There is a balance to training for a career and being a human being but try to do at least one thing a day that’s focused on your eventual goal.” She also adds, “Your coaches, instructors and teachers are there to help you – so ask them the questions and follow through on ways to keep improving!”
Jessica Humphrey and cat, Abel
Meet Jessica’s “Sandy”, Abel the Cat. He’s traveled from California to New York and finally Texas, with her. “He’s the best actor too – he convinces everyone he has NEVER been fed in order to get treats.” He sounds like our type of cat.
Jessica is multi-talented and has her own podcast “Tannins and Tunes,” you can find it at www.jessicamhumphrey.com. She is also a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association.
Follow Jessica and Abel on Instagram @jmhumphrey1.
Annie runs November 2-10, get your tickets now: http://bit.ly/313PImB