When Lindsey Schroeder started considering locations to open a second performing arts studio, the Indiana native remembered how much she enjoyed Charlotte while working at Carowinds five years ago.
Not only does she own and operate The Schroeder Studio in the 28270 area of Charlotte, but she also performs in musicals around town. Schroeder performed in Theatre Charlotte’s production of “Aida” in September 2017. She’s preparing to portray Bonnie Parker in the Matthews Playhouse’s production of “Bonnie & Clyde The Musical.”
Q: What made the production appealing to you?
A: Number one, the music. It has phenomenal music in it. It has a bluesy 1930s score to it. The show itself is a big challenge. It has a lot of romance. It has a lot of action, shootouts and fast cars. It’s just a very action-packed show.
Bonnie is just a fun character. I really had a great time exploring her and studying the 1930s and what life was like back then.
Q: How do you balance running a studio and performing on the side?
A: My voice teacher told me when I was growing up, “You can’t do this business and be in this profession unless you can’t live without it.”
It has to be in your soul.
You have to be able to not go a day without it. That’s really how I feel about this art.
Q: I read you performed on a cruise ship for three years. How is performing there different from performing on land?
A: A lot of times, when you’re a sea, it gets a little rocky. So it’s nice to be on ground that doesn’t move. It’s nice to get in your car and drive somewhere. It’s funny how you take these little things for granted.
It’s definitely a longer contract. You’re on there for six to eight months, and you’re seeing new people on the ship probably every week, so you really have to find ways to keep the art alive. It may be your 203rd time doing the show, but you want to make it the same excitement the first five times you did the show.
It’s a crazy life, but it was such an exciting time in my life. I’m so thankful that I was able to do that and really see the world. It’s a great experience for any performer who enjoys traveling and loves seeing other places.
Q: What sets your studio apart from others in the area?
A: I think we offer such a high-level quality of classes.
Every person you’re working with on my team is a professional and has multiple years of experience in the business. We’re going to provide healthy, fantastic technique that is going to last you a lifetime.
All of our people have been out in the world, experienced what it’s like to be on stage numerous times and have played leading roles numerous times.
We all just have such a deep desire and passion for kids, and just performing in general.
When they come into our studio, we want them to be part of our family. We all study the same technique and we all rejoice when we get to the recital.
We are going to teach you as much as you want to grow. If the student has the desire, then we are absolutely excited, believe in them and want them to succeed in any way – whether that be their high school musical, middle school musical, summer camp, professional audition – we’re going to give them the best training they can have, so they can succeed in the world.
Q: You’ve had various experiences. How does Matthews Playhouse stack up?
A: I think a lot people potentially look at community theater with a negative eye.
I’ll tell you what, these people, I have been so impressed with them. The entire creative team from the director, to the costumer, to the stage designer, everyone has treated me with the utmost respect and has been so professional. I would work with this creative team again in a heartbeat.
Want to go?
Matthews Playhouse presents “Bonnie and Clyde The Musical” Feb. 2 to 11 at Matthews Community Center, 100 W. McDowell St. Tickets cost $19 for adults and $16 for students and seniors. Visit www.matthewsplayhouse.com or www.theschroederstudio.com for details.