Breckenridge makes singing, acting go hand-in-hand

[caption id="attachment_12128" align="alignleft" width="300"] Morgan Breckinridge is seen here during one of her performances[/caption] Some students enter college knowing what their major will be, and some think they know and then change their mind; the latter has been the case for student Morgan Breckenridge. A love of Broadway, music in general and a love of performing is what persuaded Breckenridge to switch her major from English-journalism (to pursue investigative journalism) to a music major with emphasis on performance. Breckenridge felt that she did not quite fit into the role of journalist that she had originally sought when deciding to attend Western. She changed her mind after becoming involved in the music and theater departments. “I love being around people who love music and love performing,” Breckenridge said. Western’s music and theater department instructors Tee Quillin and Roger Hale are glad she changed her mind. To them, Breckenridge has proven to be one very talented young woman. “She has an amazing voice, it is amazing to watch her work," Quillin said. "She has just a simple, elegant quality to her voice.” Breckenridge got her start in music at the age of 12, starting with voice lessons and then moving into church and school choir performances. Hale believes Breckenridge has a beautiful voice that could go very far in the music world with continued proper training. Hale has worked with Breckenridge for the last three years. However, Hale says her voice is not the only thing that would help her in the music industry. “Lots of people have beautiful voices like Breckenridge, but it her professional attitude that makes the difference,” Hale said. “She will go very far if this is what she wants to do.” Breckenridge is now a college senior expects to graduate in December of 2013, and may continue in school to earn her master’s. She is currently working on her junior recital for her degree and is taking the semester off from acting. The junior recital is a requirement of the music degree and requires many hours of preparation. Breckenridge and a friend now have their own band, “Shut Up and Love It.” They perform locally and play mostly popular music. While Breckenridge has a love of all music, she prefers to perform what she calls the “People’s Music,” which Breckenridge says is similar to music you would hear on the radio. Music has always been important to Breckenridge, and once bitten by the performance bug, it became much more than a hobby. She began acting while in high school in Cameron, Mo. During her time at Western, Breckenridge has performed in musicals such as Phantom, and most recently, last spring’s Little Shop of Horrors as lead role of Audrey. Breckenridge earned an Irene Ryan nomination through the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for her role in the play, which allows her a chance to win a $500 scholarship. Over this past summer, Breckenridge spent her time acting in the 2012 summer theater company Western Playhouse’s version of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Breckenridge played the role of Charlie Brown’s sister Sally, opposite Quillin, who played Charlie Brown. Quillin has both directed and acted with Breckenridge. “She has such a natural talent with acting; if she would take it up professionally, with a detailed study of the field, she could be very successful,” Quillin said. Some people that have influenced Breckenridge are actresses Meryl Streep and Judy Garland, musicians Maria Callas, Kristin Chenoweth and lead singer Erika Wennerstrom of musical group "Heartless Bastards." “These women have a take-me-as-I-am-attitude that I admire greatly,'” Breckenridge said. “You have to be capable of staying grounded, and learn not to take other people’s comments personally.” Breckenridge has adopted that kind of attitude and feels she has learned to take people’s comments in stride. “You have to be true to yourself,” said Breckenridge. “It is important to me to be comfortable in my own skin.” Music and acting have always been fun for Breckenridge, and if given the opportunity, she would love to make performing her career. No matter what she does for a career, Hale believes Breckenridge will do great things in the future. “I could see her moving to Kansas City or even New York to work on her music,” said Hale. “She is very teachable, she is willing to work hard, and with continued growth, she will go very far.”

21 thoughts on “Breckenridge makes singing, acting go hand-in-hand

  1. I’ve been browsing on-line greater than 3 hours these days, yet I never discovered any interesting article like yours.

    It is beautiful price sufficient for me. Personally, if all web owners and bloggers made excellent content as you probably did, the internet can be a lot
    more useful than ever before.

  2. Do you have a spam issue on this website; I also am a blogger, and I was wanting
    to know your situation; many of us have created some
    nice practices and we are looking to swap methods with other folks, be sure to shoot me an e-mail if interested.

  3. Hello! This is kind of off topic but I need some
    advice from an established blog. Is it very difficult to set up your own blog?
    I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty quick.
    I’m thinking about creating my own but I’m not sure where to start.
    Do you have any tips or suggestions? Thank

  4. Hey, you used to write wonderful, but the last several posts
    have been kinda boring… I miss your great writings.
    Past several posts are just a little bit out of track!
    come on!

  5. whoah this blog is great i like reading your articles. Keep up the great work! You understand, lots of individuals are searching around for this information, you could aid them greatly.

  6. An impressive share, I just given this onto a colleague who was doing a little bit evaluation on this. And he in truth bought me breakfast because I found it for him.. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the treat! But yeah Thnkx for spending the time to discuss this, I really feel strongly about it and love studying extra on this topic. If potential, as you develop into expertise, would you thoughts updating your blog with extra details? It is highly useful for me. Big thumb up for this blog put up!

  7. My spouse and I absolutely love your blog and find a lot of your post’s to be just what I’m looking for. Would you offer guest writers to write content for yourself? I wouldn’t mind creating an article or elaborating on most of the subjects you write regarding here. Awesome weblog!

  8. Good – I should certainly pronounce, impressed with your site. I had no trouble navigating through all tabs as well as related info ended up being truly easy to do to access. I recently found what I hoped for before you know it at all. Reasonably unusual. Is likely to appreciate it for those who add forums or anything, website theme . a tones way for your client to communicate. Excellent task..

  9. I don’t know whether it’s just me or if perhaps everybody else experiencing issues with your blog.
    It looks like some of the text within your posts are running off the screen. Can somebody else please comment
    and let me know if this is happening to them
    too? This could be a problem with my browser because
    I’ve had this happen previously. Appreciate it

  10. Hey there! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a team of volunteers and starting a new project in a community in the same niche.
    Your blog provided us beneficial information to
    work on. You have done a outstanding job!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *