Graduate realizes musical theater dream at UM

KYLE SPURR UM News Service

Emily Albright was at a crossroads in spring 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic began. She earned an associate’s degree in musical theater from a Wyoming college, but had to finish her classes online.

Albright, who grew up in the small mountain town of Nederland, Colorado, dreamed of pursuing musical theater but the pandemic kept her from the stage. She decided to take a year off from her studies and in that time took advice from her college voice teacher. The teacher encouraged her to apply to the University of Montana’s School of Theatre and Dance, where he was an alumnus.

“He suggested I look into this school, and I fell in love with it,” Albright said.

Albright enrolled at UM in fall 2021 and made the most of her time on campus. She performed in shows every season and discovered a passion for choreography, entertainment and theater management.

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Two years later, Albright will graduate with her bachelor’s degree in musical theater, realizing a lifelong goal. Her passion for theater and dance began at a young age when her grandmother took her to a production

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