Spotlight: Melody Langan
Interview by Katie Otte
Melody Langan is a familiar face at The Merc, having evolved as an actor in children as well as adult theater. Her acting skills began at the tender age of four in the cast of Robin Hood, and most recently, Melody performed on our stage in Adrift, a Liberty Bell Drama Company production. We are looking forward to seeing her again in The Nutcracker, opening December 2nd. As she embarks on her final year of high school and prepares to leave the valley, it seems fitting to feature Melody for the November spotlight.
In between her first time on stage and her work this fall, Melody has performed in Willy Wonka, The Wind in the Willows, Charlotte’s Web, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Twelve Angry Women, and her most memorable show, The Laramie Project. Sometime along the way, Melody volunteered to operate sound and lighting in our tech booth.
About The Laramie Project: it was one of the many theatrical partnerships The Merc and the Liberty Bell Drama Company have had through the years. During this production, Melody played multiple roles and shared that she “embodied many of her characters.” This experience resulted in self-growth, discovery, and a heightened awareness of her values. When asked what theater means to her, Melody commented that it’s her daily motivator helping her to wake up and embrace the day. She added that theater helps her make connections with her peers and our community.
Melody is currently applying to art schools and plans to obtain a musical theater degree. She hopes to act on Broadway one day and then perhaps become a drama teacher, as her teachers and directors have shaped so much of who she is. Melody’s advice for young actors is to become comfortable with being uncomfortable, let go of insecurities, and become someone else for 90 minutes on stage! See you all at The Merc, where you’ll probably find Future Theater Teacher Extraordinaire– Melody Langan.