Campus Cutie: Delaney Lynch

The Basics: 

Name: Delaney Lynch

Year:  Junior

Major:  Theatre Arts (concentration in Musical Theatre)

Hometown:  Mansfield, MA

Relationship Status: Single

Campus Involvements:  Theatre Arts Repertory Company, Pioneer Players (Improv Troupe), Kappa Alpha Theta

Hobbies/Interests: Singing, acting, dancing (literally everything to do with theatre), filming/editing videos

Favorites:

On-campus spot: The music room

Food: Burritos

Movie: Burlesque, The Devil Wears Prada and all the Marvel movies (I can’t pick!)

Musical: Newsies

Song to perform: “Superboy and the Invisible Girl” from Next to Normal

Q&A:

 You just opened annual spring musical "Hair" last night! How was that?!

It was one of the most thrilling opening night experiences. This show requires a lot of audience participation and interaction and it was hard rehearsing all these past months without one. They’re basically another aspect of the cast so having a whole audience finally inside our world made the entire show so unpredictable and exciting.

The show is also very controversial, and for me as an actor, I couldn’t help but be worried about how everyone would react, especially in light of the recent backlash we have experienced on campus. I was definitely very nervous at first but as the show progressed, I was able to focus on the story we were telling more and more and really hone in on the values and lessons we wanted the audience to gain.

I think after I heard the first big round of applause when we finished our first number “Aquarius”, it really put my mind at ease. Once you hear people expressing some form of gratitude, it’s truly amazing to feel appreciated like that. I really do encourage people to come see the show because it is such a beautiful representation of history.

 

What has been your favorite memory at SHU so far?

I remember being in the production of Next to Normal so fondly because it was my breakout role at Sacred Heart and I got to work directly with such an intimate group of talented people. But I don’t think I could pinpoint a specific one because there’s just been so many.

 

Who is your biggest inspiration in the industry?

As of right now, I would say Taylor Louderman (she plays Regina George in the Mean Girls musical) because it’s so clear how tirelessly she works to kill it at every single one of her performances. She also has a blog called Fit for Broadway where she interviews other actors about their lifestyle and daily routines. Getting to see what being a Broadway star is like through such authentic content really gives hope to young, aspiring actors like myself.

 

If you could spend a whole day on the set of any show, what would it be and why?

Dear Evan Hansen, hands down. The show runs so seamlessly and I feel like I could learn a lot from the cast and crew about how a professional show is done. It also tackles sensitive topics and as actors, it’s so important for us to get used to being around and addressing these difficult issues through our character portrayals.

 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I hope to be in New York City, auditioning for shows even though it’s the most terrifying thing I think I would ever do. As cliché as it sounds, I just want to pack my bags and take that leap of faith in moving to the big city to pursue my dreams. This is definitely such a hard industry to be in because there’s so many talented people out there but I hope that if I am cast in a show, that I will be able to look back and remember how I started and then be able to inspire other young actors achieve their dreams.

 

 

Hair The Musical runs throughout this weekend April 5-6 at 8pm and April 7 at 3pm!