Lucky, lucky me. I first saw Amy when I was invited to watch a rehearsal of The MTA's graduating show, Something Old, Something New, in 2015. She caught my eye. How could she not? There she was, all 5'8" of her, raised up way above her classmates - on stilts! Blimey, I thought, even OFF stilts she's nearly as tall as me (I am officially 5'9"). As for her voice and her stage presence, well, even in rehearsal I was smitten.
I had the enormous privilege of watching her represent her school that year at the prestigious Stephen Sondheim Student Society Performer of the Year competition. Terri Paddock reviewed her as "a cross between Caroline O'Connor and Maria Friedman" and I don't think she was far off the mark with those comparisons.
Over the years, Amy has become more than just a client, she's become a friend and I've seen her book long jobs with Viking, go through the process of open auditions for Cilla the Musical where she went from thousands of entrants down to the top three, finally landing the role of Rose and covering Cilla on the 1st National tour (she even got to go on once!) and into to her Queendom in Six the Musical for NCL. She's been to my house for 1-1 coaching and we've cried on each other's shoulder numerous times. It's been a joy to watch her grow and to be part of her career. We've got some big things planned, so watch out, here comes Amy Bridges.