What started out as a short holiday turned into an impromptu relocation, opening up a world of possibilities. Former ballet student of the College, Rachael Ireson, is based in Copenhagen where she currently works as a ballet dancer and musical theatre performer. She is currently in rehearsals for the world premiere of Dreamworks Universal production, The Prince of Egypt, and is having the time of her life.
Can you tell us about your time working and living in Scandinavia?
I came to Scandinavia in 2013 on a short holiday whilst I was living in Europe, and fell in love with it! About a month later, a friend encouraged me to audition for a show in Copenhagen, and I was lucky to book the job, and have based myself here ever since. It was never the plan to stay but I just went for the ride and am still here, loving every minute. I really enjoy everything that comes with the Scandinavian lifestyle – it sits well with me somehow. In terms of working here, all of the shows are in Danish, so I have had to learn the language to keep getting cast and to keep the possibilities alive. It has been a huge but rewarding challenge.
How has your College training helped you to be industry-ready?
The quality of teaching I received at the College has been so fundamental to my career. There is nothing more valuable than having a solid foundation. I am indebted to all my teachers.
What is the most valuable piece of advice that you’ve been given?
Put in the work and it will pay off.
What would be your dream role?
There are so many roles I would love to play. I don’t think I can choose just one. But to be honest, rather than a role, a dream situation would be to work consistently with good people on meaningful projects.
Can you tell us about your upcoming role working on the world premiere of The Prince of Egypt?
I am so thrilled to have been cast in this show. It is a huge project by Dreamworks Universal. It is a co-production with TheatreWorks Silicon Valley (California) and Fredericia Teater (Denmark), where the second phase of this world premiere is being brought to life. The cast is widely international; collectively I think we come from over 40 different countries. We will also have performances in both Danish and English languages.
I am in the ensemble and also understudy three female dance tracks so it definitely keeps me busy. It is always so special to be part of an original cast and to work with the original creative team face to face. To have the likes of composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz, and writer Phillip LaZebnik in the room is surreal, as is working alongside all the immensely talented people from all aspects of the production and then watch it develop. The process has been so unique and special, and I cannot wait for the world to see this story on stage – and listen to Stephen Schwartz’ beautiful new music.