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'Dreamgirls' Role is a Dream Come True for Musical Theatre Student


Krystal Simpson '14 stepped into an audition room in New York for the national and international tour of “Dreamgirls” during spring break just so she could get her foot in the door.

Simpson first heard there was an opening in the show from Otterbein alumnus Kolby Kindel, who is currently on tour with the show.

“I decided to go and do it because even if I didn’t get the job, I still would have been seen by some pretty important people,” said Simpson, a junior musical theater major. “I would have gotten my headshots in their hands and my talents in their memories.”

The audition process took two days, and cuts were made on the spot. The morning after the auditions narrowed down to the final two, she got the call.

Simpson said she was shocked and cried excessively. She was cast as an ensemble member as well as an understudy for characters Deena and Lorelle.

Simpson said she originally decided to come to Otterbein for the Theatre Department, but she found more to love.

“The people and the atmosphere is what got me,” she said.

While at Otterbein, Simpson has been involved in a few productions, which include Trix the Aviatric in “The Drowsy Chaperone,” Mazeppa in “Gypsy” and Thea in “Spring Awakening.” Out of all her Otterbein roles, she said playing Thea has been her favorite.

“‘Spring Awakening’ is my favorite musical of all time,” she said. “To get to be a part of that cast was a blessing.”