The School of Theatre at Florida State welcomes home one of its extremely successful alums, Kevin Covert. Covert is back in Tallahassee to play a featured role in the school's upcoming production of How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and to choreograph the show.
Covert is a 1992 graduate of the BFA Music Theatre program and claims he has been "very lucky to have worked pretty consistently in the business" since graduating. He appeared in the original Broadway casts of Monty Python's Spamalot, Memphis with fellow Florida State alum Montego Glover, and most recently, the hit Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. He can be heard on the Broadway cast recordings of all three musicals.
Upon returning to his alma mater, Covert remarked, "It was exciting and also a little scary coming back into the college setting after being in professional theatre." Participating in the casting process of How to Succeed… and imagining how student actors were going to fulfill certain roles, he divulged, "The talent was so deep that after that first day of general auditions, I was like, 'we are golden.'"
When recalling his career, shows won and sometimes lost, Covert gives thanks to his collegiate roots. "My experience at Florida State was - I don't mean to gush too much - but it was everything that I needed it to be…I never felt like I wasn't prepared when I went to New York. I always felt confident when I walked into an audition. It's the most valuable thing that I was taught here."
While Covert is on campus he plans to serve as a resource for those students considering a move to New York, and he offers advice for working in professional theatre. "You have to learn it's an ever-changing business. You have to continue to take class… it's not like you're guaranteed anything in this business," he said. "So, keep learning. Always keep learning! Keep up with your craft – perseverance. Always believe in yourself and keep going."
Be sure to catch Kevin Covert in the School of Theatre at Florida State's production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying this October!
Show Times: October 19-20 and 24-27, 2012 at 8:00 PM; October 21 and 28, 2012 at 2:00 PM.
Single Ticket Pricing: Adult Ticket: $20.00; Senior Ticket (Age 62+): $18.00; Student Ticket: $10.00.
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